13 die as train crashes into ‘wedding’ car

13 die as train crashes into ‘wedding’ car
Updated 09 May 2014

13 die as train crashes into ‘wedding’ car

13 die as train crashes into ‘wedding’ car

NEW DELHI: An Indian official says a train has crashed into a jeep at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 13 members of a wedding party and injuring three others.
Magistrate Jai Chand Pandey says the accident occurred early Friday when the victims were returning home after attending a party near Gorakhpur, a city 740 km east of New Delhi.
Pandey said the three injured were hospitalized, one of them in serious condition.
Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world’s largest train networks serving 20 million passengers a day. There are hundreds of unmanned crossings across the country. Poor finances limit efforts by rail authorities to man the dangerous crossings around the clock. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.
India’s worst rail accident was in 1981 when a train fell into a river in Bihar, killing at least 800 people. The worst accident in 2013 happened in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh on December 28. More than two dozen passengers were charred to death in a major fire accident in Nanded-Bangalore express train near Kothacheru railway station in Anantapur district. The fire occurred in D1 airconditioned compartment.
On April 11, one passenger was killed and 33 others, including six women and two children, were injured when 12 bogies of Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur Express (no.15228) derailed at the Chitheri railway station near Chennai.