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61 dead in train collision in eastern India; foul play suspected

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CALCUTTA, INDIA — A speeding express train plowed into a stationary passenger train in eastern India on Monday, killing 61 people in a crash so powerful it sent the roof of one car flying onto an overpass. Officials said they could not rule out sabotage.

 

Residents crawled over the twisted wreckage trying desperately to free survivors before rescue workers arrived with heavy equipment to cut through the metal.

 

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, who rushed to the site, raised the possibility the crash could have been another case of sabotage, two months after Maoist rebels were blamed for a derailment that killed 145 people.

 

"We have some doubts in our mind" about whether it was an accident, she said.

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/07/18/2010-07-18_at_least_35_dead_in_train_collision_in_eastern_india.html#ixzz0u8KvOarZ

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Their rail systems have no safety guidelines at all.Although quite sad,they really need some good engineers to build and design better quality trains.

 

Although where are they going to get the money from? As for now I guess all they can do is implement better safety rules.

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Their rail systems have no safety guidelines at all.Although quite sad,they really need some good engineers to build and design better quality trains.

 

It's not so much the quality, it's the sheer number of people that use the trains, taking track out of service for work is very difficult. Also, even with the upkeep issues, their rail network is actually better than ours, aside from possibly the signaling. Their interlocking systems and ties and the rails themselves are very robust, trains typically do not have to slow down on the more modernized segments as ours do even on the "high tech" northeast corridor. They also have steam still in operation, as well as spoils of war from japan, as in ww2 era diesel engines and very, very, very old coaches and sleeping cars. They still spend like 5-10x the amount we do on their rail infrastructure. The real problem is unmotivated workers that live in absolute poverty.

 

 

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What a tragedy...

 

Although where are they going to get the money from? As for now I guess all they can do is implement better safety rules.

 

India is on the rise. They can get the money.

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