Death toll in Sainthia railway accident 63July 20th, 2010 - 12:06 am ICT by IANS
Sainthia (West Bengal), July 19 (IANS) The death count in the Sainthia train tragedy in West Bengal went up to 63 with two more people succumbing to their injuries Monday night, officials said.
More than 150 people were injured in the accident that occurred early Monday in Birbhum district when the speeding Sealdah-bound Uttar Banga Express rammed into three coaches - one luggage van and two unreserved general second class coaches - of the stationary Bhagalpur-Ranchi Down Vananchal Express at Sainthia station.
All the three coaches were mangled and such was the impact of the collision that one of them shot up from the tracks and careened onto the footbridge above.
Thirty seven of the seriously injured passengers have been shifted to the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital.
The dead included 60 passengers, and three railway employees - driver M.C. Dey, assistant driver N.K. Mandal of the Uttar Banga Express and the guard of the Vananchal Express A. Mukherjee.
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