Train crash, West Bengal

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Authorities are investigating a train crash at Sainthia station in West Bengal, India, that killed 63 people on July 19. The incoming Uttar Banga Express smashed into a stationary train after it failed to apply emergency brakes and entered the station at top speed in spite of repeated warnings to stop. Both the driver and his assistant were killed. Among possible causes is a switching error by railroad staff.

India Railways is owned and operated by the government.

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Authorities are investigating a train crash at Sainthia station in West Bengal, India, that killed 63 people on July 19. The incoming Uttar Banga Express smashed into a stationary train after it failed to apply emergency brakes and entered the station at top speed in spite of repeated warnings to stop. Both the driver and his assistant were killed. Among possible causes is a switching error by railroad staff.

India Railways is owned and operated by the government.