Two passenger trains, the Krishak Express and the Barauni Express collided in Northern India late Tuesday near the Gorakhpur city station, leaving 12 people dead.
According to the Associated Press, the trains plowed into each other after the Krishak Express was unable to stop in time at a signal. Upon impact, three coach cars from the Barauni Express derailed and flipped over. Twelve dead bodies were pulled from the mangled wreckage and another 44 passengers were transported to an area hospital where they were admitted and treated for various injuries.
Following the accident, the Krishak Express driver and his assistant were formally suspended due to failure to stop in time at a signal. It is unclear, at this time, if the accident was caused by human error or a mechanical malfunction.
By Donna W. Martin
AP The Big Story