Prepare derailments are uncommon, but collisions and different accidents nonetheless happen regardless of efforts to enhance security.
India’s deadly train crash on Friday was the most recent in a string of accidents to contain the nation’s railways, which carries greater than 12 million folks each day.
Regardless of authorities efforts to enhance rail security, a number of hundred accidents occur yearly on India’s railways. Most are blamed on human error or outdated signalling gear.
Right here’s a take a look at different train crashes in India in current a long time, in addition to among the world’s worst rail disasters of the final 10 years.
October 2018 – A prepare ran right into a crowd watching fireworks throughout a non secular pageant in northern India, killing not less than 60 folks and injuring dozens extra, on the outskirts of Amritsar, a metropolis in Punjab state.
November 2016 – At the least 146 folks have been killed when a passenger prepare travelling between the cities of Indore and Patna slid off the tracks. Greater than 200 folks have been injured.
July 2011 – A passenger prepare jumped tracks close to Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, killing 68 folks and leaving 239 passengers injured.
Might 2010 – A passenger prepare derailed and was hit by a cargo prepare, killing 145 folks in West Bengal state. Authorities blamed sabotage by Maoist rebels for the crash.
October 2005 – A passenger prepare plunged right into a rain-swollen river in southern India, killing not less than 111 folks. About 100 injured passengers have been rescued from coaches that derailed after floods washed away tracks within the city of Veligonda in Andhra Pradesh state.
September 2002 – An specific prepare travelling from Kolkata to New Delhi jumped its tracks and plunged right into a river, killing not less than 121 folks. The accident occurred south of the Bihar state capital of Patna.
August 1999 – Two trains collided head-on within the metropolis of Guwahati in Assam state, killing greater than 285 folks.
November 1998 – Two trains collided within the northern city of Khanna, killing 210 folks. The crash occurred when a passenger prepare hit automobiles that had uncoupled from one other prepare.
August 1995 – Two trains collided close to New Delhi, killing 358 folks. One of many trains had stopped after hitting a cow.
February 2023 – A head-on collision between a freight prepare and a passenger prepare on the route between Greece’s capital, Athens, and Thessaloniki killed 57 folks, within the nation’s worst rail accident.
March 2022 – A freight prepare loaded with stowaways derailed within the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Lualaba province, killing not less than 75 folks and injuring 125 others. A month later, not less than eight folks died when a items prepare derailed in the identical space.
June 2021 – At the least 63 folks died when a prepare hurtling via farmland derailed and collided with one other passenger service in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.
April 2021 – At the least 49 folks have been killed and 200 injured in Taiwan when a passenger prepare collided with a truck that slid down an embankment close to the town of Hualien. This was the island’s worst rail catastrophe in a long time.
October 2019 – At the least 74 folks died and greater than 40 have been injured when hearth broke out on an overcrowded passenger prepare carrying pilgrims to a non secular gathering close to the Pakistani metropolis of Lahore.
October 2016 – A prepare travelling from Cameroon’s capital Yaounde to the financial hub of Douala derailed, killing not less than 79 folks and injuring about 550 others. It was travelling “abnormally” quick earlier than the crash, the investigation into the crash concluded.
April 2014 – A items prepare carrying lots of of unlawful passengers flew off the rails in a swampy and inaccessible a part of the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing not less than 136 folks. Many needed to be buried in mass graves close by.
July 2013 – About 80 folks have been killed and about 140 injured in Spain when a high-speed prepare slammed right into a concrete wall close to the northwestern metropolis of Santiago de Compostela on July 24, 2013. The prepare had been approaching a curve at greater than twice the velocity restrict.