65 dead in train accident: Bengal home secretary

Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) At least 65 people have been killed and over 200 injured in a train accident in West Bengal early Friday, according to state Home Secretary Samar Ghosh.

Ghosh told NDTV news channel that 65 bodies have been recovered as per ‘the information I just receieved’ from the mangled coaches of Howrah-Kurla Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express.

Ghosh said over 200 passengers were injured when the engine and 13 coaches of a Mumbai-bound passenger train derailed and were hit by a speeding goods train in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district.

Officials suspect that Maoist guerrillas may have ‘tinkered’ with the tracks that caused the derailment of the passenger train. However, the deaths were mainly caused by the goods train ramming into some derailed passenger coaches.