At Least 8 People Killed in East India Railroad Accident

At Least 8 People Killed in East India Railroad Accident
# 22 February 2015 04:49 (UTC +04:00)

"Eight people were killed on the spot and 12 seriously injured. The injured were admitted to a government hospital," a police official said as quoted by NDTV on Saturday.

According to the broadcaster, there were 20 people in the car that was hit by the passenger train at an unmanned crossing near the Tungi village, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Bihar's capital Patna. The people in the car were returning home from a wedding.

Rail traffic was disrupted for several hours after the accident, NDTV said.

In January another accident at an unmanned railway crossing took the lives of 12 people in northern India, when a small van was hit by a train.

According to NDTV, which cites Indian railroad officials, there are over 1,100 unmanned railway crossings in five divisions of the East Central Railway alone.

India has one of the largest railway networks in the world with a total length of 65,000 kilometers (over 40,000 miles). The East Central Railway is one of the 17 railway zones in the country.

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