The practice crash that killed at the very least 288 individuals, and injured a whole bunch extra, in India is exceptional even in a rustic with an extended historical past of practice deaths.
In 2021 alone, there have been greater than 16,000 train-related deaths in India, in line with the nation’s Nationwide Crime Information Bureau, a determine that features circumstances through which individuals have been struck whereas strolling on tracks or fell out of shifting trains.
Here’s a take a look at among the worst crashes lately.
The deadliest accident within the historical past of Indian rail is believed to have been in 1981, when a passenger practice derailed because it was crossing a bridge within the state of Bihar. Its automobiles sank into the Bagmati River, killing an estimated 750 passengers; many our bodies have been by no means recovered.
In 1999, a crash in West Bengal killed about 285 individuals as two trains collided head-on.
In 2005, at the very least two dozen individuals have been killed when a crowded passenger practice slammed into a stationary cargo train within the western state of Gujarat.
Scores died when a mail train derailed within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, east of New Delhi, in 2011.
In 2016, greater than 100 passengers died in another Uttar Pradesh derailment.
In 2018, dozens of individuals have been mowed down by a speeding train within the northwestern state of Punjab as they celebrated a Hindu pageant with fireworks.