At least 60 people got crushed to death by a speeding train while watching a burning Ravan effigy in Punjab on Friday. The incident took place On Friday, October 19, 2018, Around 700 people were watching a huge Ravan effigy go up in flames with many spectators spilling over to the railway tracks to catch a glimpse of the spectacle when a speeding train on the way from Pathankot to Amritsar mowed them down. It is not clear why the train did not halt despite the presence of so many people on the tracks and why the railway crossing was left open for people to gather there.
In the file photo: Police and volunteers carry a victim from the site of the accident at Jora Phatak in Amritsar. Pics/PTI
In a very tragic incident, on October 10, 2018, a 31-year-old engineer lost his life after he slipped and fell in the process of catching a moving train at Dadar railway station in Mumbai. The deceased, who was an engineer by profession, had recently joined a multinational software company. Apparently, he got stuck on the wheels and the train dragged him from Dadar right up to Matunga.
CCTV footage shows the victim running to catch the moving train when he slipped and fell in the gap between the train and the platform.
A 50-year-old woman employed with a public sector bank lost her life after she slipped into the gap between the train and a platform at suburban Borivali Railway station on July 13, 2018. The victim was attempting to board a moving Churchgate-bound train and sustained serious head injuries.
Two men were crushed to death by an Express train while they attempted to cross a railway track that had already been shut. The incident occurred on June 19, 2018 in Diva near Mumbai. The two labourers slid a two-wheeler from below the railway crossing in order to cross the tracks when an express train ran over them.
Two railway staffers were killed on the spot after they were hit by a train in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district on Feb 10, 2018. The two deceased were working with the railway's signal maintenance wing and were engaged in a signal repair work when the Hazrat Nizamuddin-Chennai Central Rajdhani Express ran over them at Bina, about 150 kms from Bhopal.
On Feb 10, 2018, an elephant was injured while trying to cross the railway tracks when a train hit it near the Habaipur railway station in Hojai district, around 180 kms away from Guwahati. Four wild elephants were also killed when the Guwahati-Silchar passenger train hit a herd crossing the rail tracks in Hojai district of central Assam.
Thirteen coaches of an express train derailed on November 24, 2017, throwing sleeping passengers from their seats that left three dead and nine injured. The Vasco Da Gama Express train flipped off the tracks due to thick fog soon after leaving Manikpur station in Uttar Pradesh.
About ten people were killed and dozens of passengers injured when an express train derailed near the town of Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on August 19, 2017. The 14 coaches derailed near Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh state about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from New Delhi.
At least two people were killed and 28 were injured after a train derailed in north India, close to the site of a previous rail accident that witnessed the killing of 146 people. In the file photo, Railway officials and bystanders gather at the derailed train carriages at Rura, some 30 kms west of Kanpur on December 28, 2016, following a train crash in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
On Feb 13, 2015, the Bangalore-Ernakulam express train derailed after a boulder fell on the track in Bidaragere, about 50 kms from Bangalore. At least five passengers were killed and more than 60 injured were injured when the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express had derailed.
About twelve people were killed and 30 injured in the train derailment that took place in the Raigad district of Maharashtra on May 4, 2014. In the file photo, crowd gathers near the mangled train coaches near Nidi village after the train had derailed.
At least 32 people were killed when a short circuit fire ripped through a coach of an express train that was carrying sleeping passengers in Nellore on July 30, 2012. The fire was caused due to short circuit.
A train travelling across Uttar Pradesh state crashed into an overloaded jeep that was carrying 19 people as it tried to pass an unmanned crossing in Mahamaya Nagar district on March 20, 2012, about 96 kilometers (185 miles) from state capital Lucknow
At least 65 people were killed with dozens of more bodies feared trapped in the mangled wreckage after 13 carriages of the Mumbai-bound express from Kolkata careened off the tracks in a remote area of West Bengal. Suspected Maoist rebels derailed a high-speed train packed with sleeping passengers into the path of a freight train in eastern India on May 28, 2010.
A portion of a bridge supporting a water pipe crashed down on a passing commuter suburban train in Mumbai on October 23, 2009, killing two people and leaving nine others with minor injuries.
At least thirteen people were killed and 22 injured as Goa Express moving towards Delhi rammed into the stationary Mewar Express near Mathura about 150kms south-east of New Delhi on October 21, 2009. The engine of the Goa Express climbed on the last bogey of the Mewar Express, which was stationary on the same track.
About six people were injured after a local train collided with a stationary train at Mumbai's suburban Mahim station of Western Railway following a signal failure. In the file photo, passengers are seen gathering at the accident site where two trains collided at the suburban Mahim railway station in Mumbai on August 9, 2009.
Four people died and more than 60 were injured after 10 carriages of the train veered off the rails on 12 June 2007. In the file photo, Indian railways workers use a crane to lift a derailed carriage of the Nagarcoil-Howrah superfast Gurudev express at Duvvada, which is about 637 kms north east of Hyderabad.
About five people were killed as an auto-rickshaw was hit by a train while the driver was trying to cross the railway track about 15 kms from Ahmedabad. The incident happened on 24 February 2003 and all the five occupants of the auto rickshaw died on the spot.
Watching a Ravan effigy burn during Dussehra proved to be a nightmare for 700 people in Amritsar when a speeding train mowed down many who were standing on the railway tracks. At least sixty were left dead and scores injured in the carnage. The Amritsar incident is one of the many horrific rail accidents that have resulted in death and destruction. Here's a look at a few deadly train accidents
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