Nine people were killed on Saturday when a speeding mini bus skidded off a bridge turned slippery by rain water and fell about 50 feet between two platforms of the Howrah railway station near Kolkata.
At least 11 people were also injured in the ghastly disaster that onlookers said took place when two passenger buses were trying to outrace each other just before 4 p.m.
Suddenly the driver of one of them lost control of his vehicle, which crashed through the concrete barriers of the bridge and plunged down, between platforms 11 and 12 of the perennially busy Howrah station, the gateway to Kolkata.
Image: Railway workers and rescuers remove the wreckage of a bus which fell onto a railroad track at Howrah railway station in Kolkata on Saturday, July 4, 2009. (Copyright AP. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.)
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