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Rail mishaps in India - A chronology
HindustanTimes.com, PTI
New Delhi, July 02, 2003
First Published: 11:32 IST(21/6/2003)
Last Updated: 19:18 IST(2/7/2003)

Indian Railways remains prone to 'man-made' disasters despite a series of announcements made and steps taken to check the trend. Following is the chronology of major railway mishaps in India.

1981

India's worst-ever railway disaster occurred in 1981 in Bihar state when over 500 people were killed.

1985

February 23: Fifty people were charred to death when two bogies of a passenger train caught fire near Rajnandgaon in Madhya Pradesh.

June 13: Thirty-eight people killed and about 50 injured as an express train collided with a goods train in Agra.

1986

March 10: About 50 people were killed and 200 injured as two trains collided at Khagaria in Bihar.

August 6: Fifty-two people were killed and 35 injured as two coaches of an express train fall into a stream after colliding with a stationary goods train in Palamau district of Bihar.

1987

July 8: Fifty-three people were killed when Dakshin Express derailed near Macherial in Andhra Pradesh.

1988

July 8: One hundred and seven people were killed when Island Express plunged into Ashtamudi lake in Kerala.

1989

The Trivandrum-bound Island Express from Bangalore plunged into the Quilon river, killing 107 people. The probe concluded that the accident was due to a 'freak typhoon' that occurred when the train crossed the river bridge.

April 18: At least 75 people were killed when Karnataka Express derailed near Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh.
November 1: Forty-eight people were killed as Udyan Abha Toofan Express derailed at Sakaldiha in Bihar.

1990

April 16: Seventy people were burnt alive as a shuttle train catches fire near Patna.
June 6: Thirty-six people were killed in a collision at Gollaguda in Andhra Pradesh.
June 25: Sixty people were killed as a goods train rammed into a passenger train at Mangra in Daltongunj in Bihar.
October 10: Forty people were killed in a fire in a passenger train near Cherpalli in Andhra Pradesh.

1991

October 31: Thirty people were killed as Karnataka Express derailed near Makaligurga in Karnataka.

1992

September 5: Forty-one people were killed in a collision near Raigarh in Madhya Pradesh.
July 16: Sixty people were killed in a train mishap in Darbhanga in Bihar.

1993

September 21: Seventy-one people were killed as Kota-Bina passenger train collided with a goods train near Chhabra in Rajasthan.

May 3, 1994

Thirty-five people were killed as Narayanadri Express rammed into a tractor in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.

1995

May 14: Fifty-two people were killed as Madras-Kanyakumari Express collided with a goods train near Salem in Tamil Nadu.
June 1: Seventy-three people were killed in two separate railway accidents in West Bengal and Orissa.
August 20: The Puroshottam Express, travelling at a speed of 110 km an hour, ploughed into Kalindi Express near Firozabad railway station in Uttar Pradesh. The Kalindi Express had stopped after hitting a cow on the tracks. As many as 400 people were killed and 120 others injured. The accident occurred due to a wrong signal to Purushottam Express.

1996

April 18: Sixty people killed as Gorakhpur-Gonda passenger train rams into a stationary goods train at Domingarh near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

May 14: Thirty-five people of a marriage party were killed as the bus carrying them collided with the Ernakulam-Kayamkulam train at an unmanned level-crossing near Alappuzha in Kerala.

May 25: Twenty-five people were killed as an Allahabad-bound passenger train rammed into a tractor-trolley at an unmanned level crossing near Varanasi.

December 30: Thirty-three people were killed in a bomb blast on Brahmaputra Mail between Kokrajhar and Fakiragram stations in lower Assam.

1997

July 8: Thirty-three people were killed in a bomb blast in a passenger train at Lehra Khanna railway station in Punjab's Bhatinda district.

July 28: Twelve passengers were killed when Karnataka Express collided with Himsagar Express near Faridabad on the outskirts of New Delhi.

September 14: At least 81 people were killed when five bogies of Ahmedabad-Howrah express fell into a river in Bilaspur district of Madhya Pradesh.

1998

April 24: Twenty-four people were killed and 32 injured at Parali Vaijanath (Beed) railway station in Madhya Pradesh when 15 wagons of a goods train rammed into the Manmad-Kachiguda Express.

April 4: At least 11 people were killed near Fatuha station on Howrah-Delhi main line as Howrah-Danapur Express derailed between Ratuha and Bankaghat stations.

August 13: Nineteen people were killed and 27 injured when a bus rammed into Chennai-Madurai express train at an unmanned level-crossing on the New Karur-Salem bypass road on the outskirts of Karur town in Tamil Nadu.

September 24: Twenty people, including 14 school children, were killed and 33 injured when a train engine rammed into an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation bus at an unmanned level-crossing near Bottalapalem village in Andhra Pradesh.

November 27: Over 200 people were killed as Sealdah Express collided with a number of carriages of the Frontier Golden Mail, which had derailed. The derailment straddled the opposite running line and despite the efforts of one railway man to warn the oncoming train, it was too close to the derailment site to stop in time. There was no safety system in lace which, given the proximity of the approaching express, could have prevented the collision.

1999

Aug 1: Brahmputra Mail from Guwahati hit a stationary Awadh-Assam Express head-on at Gaisal station in West Bengal. Fifteen carriages were ripped apart, hurling sleeping passengers around the compartments killing over 400 of them. Cause: Signal failure. Passengers on Brahmaputra Mail were mostly army and paramilitary personnel. Railway Minister Nitish Kumar resigned over the mishap.

June 22: A powerful explosion rocked the New Jalpaiguri railway station killing at least nine passengers, including two Indian soldiers headed for Kashmir. 85 others were injured, including 10 soldiers.

July 16: Seventeen people were killed and over 200 injured as Delhi-bound Grand Trunk Express from Chennai collided with derailed wagons of a goods train near Mathura.

2001

June 22: Fifty-two people were killed when three coaches of the Mangalore-Madras Mail tumbled into the Kadalundi River, near Kozhikode in Kerala. The collapse of an ageing bridge was the cause of the mishap.

August 23: An accident at unmanned railway crossing at Bariar near Pathankot claimed 11 lives. The cause of the accident was 'faulty judgment' on the part of the tempo driver, who underestimated the speed of the approaching Ravi Express and came on to the track rather than wait till the train had passed.

August 16: At least 15 people, including eight women and two children were run over by a train while crossing a track in Maharashtra. They were hit after they got off a train that halted briefly between stations in Jalgaon district, about 450 km from Mumbai.

In another accident, four people died and at least 50 were injured when a goods train rammed into a stationary Muzzafarpur-Sealdah passenger train at Jumui station in Bihar.

2002

Sep 9:
100 passengers were feared killed and 150 hurt when a bogie of Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express plunged into Dhave river in Bihar's Aurangabad district late in the night.

2003

Jan 5: At least 21 people were killed and 41 injured when the Secunderabad-Manmad express train rammed into a stationary goods train at Ghatnandur station in Maharashtra in second rail accident in the region in a fortnight and Railways blamed it on "human failure".

Jan 11: Passengers of Dibrugarh bound Kamrup Express from Howrah had a narrow escape when its 10 coaches and engine derailed apparently due to fractured rail.

Mar 23: Seven persons were injured when 13 bogies of Lokmanya Tilak Superfast Express from Patna to Mumbai derailed near Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh. The accident took place between Bohani and Kareli stations.

May 15: Thirty eight people, including women and children, were killed and 13 injured when three coaches of Amritsar-bound Frontier Mail caught fire early morning near Ladhowal railway station, 10 km from Ludhiana.

May 28: Around 400 passengers of a local train had a miraculous escape when the engine and three bogies of a local train caught fire near Ferozepur. The incident happens barely 13 days after a similar blaze in the Frontier Mail, which killed 38 people.

June 1: One passenger was killed and at least 25 others injured as 14 coaches of the Patna-New Delhi Magadh Vikramshila Express derailed in the Baruna-Barasia section of Danapur division near Buxar in the wee hours.

June 23: Fifty one people, including three children, were killed and 25 injured when the first three coaches and engine of the Karwar-Mumbai Central (904 up) Holiday Special train derailed after crossing Vaibhavwadi station in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra.

July 2: A train engine and two adjoining coaches fell off a bridge in Warangal, killing at least 18 people in the train and in a fish market on the ground. The train's brakes failed and it was unable to stop at the Warangal railway station in Andhra Pradesh.


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