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    Default India Train Crash : 60 dead, 90 injured as trains collide in West Bengal

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    A devastating train crash in eastern India’s West Bengal state has left dozens of people dead and scores injured. A speeding passenger train ploughed into another that was waiting at a station in the town of Sainthia, West Bengal state, early on Monday.

    Emergency workers used cranes and gas cutters to free passengers trapped in the wreckage.

    The impact of the collision was so strong that the roof of one of the coaches hit a footbridge above the tracks.

    Driver M C Dey and assistant driver N K Mandal of the Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express, which collided with the Ranchi-bound Vananchal Express, were among the dead in the accident for which railways are not ruling out sabotage as the cause, PTI reported.

    The accident occurred at 2:00 am when the New Coochbehar-Sealdah Uttarbanga Express came on the same track and rammed into the Bhagalpur-Ranchi Vananchal Express which was leaving platform number four at Sainthia station.  Eastern Railway General Manager V N Tripathi did not rule out sabotage, which Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee hinted this morning when she said “we have doubts about the cause of the accident, the second in West Bengal in two months”.

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