Five persons were crushed to death by a speeding Express train while they were crossing over from one platform to another at Santragachi station around 10 km from Kolkata on Saturday afternoon.
Sources said that the victims, in a hid to take a short cut, avoided the over-bridge and went down on the tracks oblivious to the approaching danger.
The down Ranchi-Hatia Intercity Express, which was passing the Santragachi Station with breakneck-speed, mowed them down. The bodies were thrown into the air and the dismembered pieces landed all across the tracks.
Even though onlookers claimed that the victims, including a child, were all from the same family, railway authorities could not ascertain their identities till reports last came in.