At least 65 people were killed and 200 injured when suspected Maoists blasted rail tracks in West Midnapore district early on Friday derailing 13 coaches of a Mumbai-bound express train, five of which were hit by a speeding goods train.
Sixty five of the bodies were extricated from the mangled coaches of the Howrah-Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express after the 13 coaches derailed with five toppling over an adjacent track.
The blast occurred at 1:30 am when the train was running between Khemasoli and Sardiya stations, about 135 km from here, South Eastern Railway officials said. Text: AgenciesImage: In this image taken from television soldiers stand beside the wreckage of train coaches after an accident in the district of West Midnapore in Weste Bengal on, May 28, 2010. (Photograph copyright AFP)65 killed as trains derail after blast on tracks in Bengal