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Moynaguri Train Mishap : A Look Back At 10 Deadly Train Accidents in India

An unfortunate train accident took place in Moynaguri town area under Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on 13 January

Moynaguri Train Mishap : A Look Back At 10 Deadly Train Accidents in India

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Jan 2022 10:49 AM GMT

New Delhi: An unfortunate train accident took place in Moynaguri town area under Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on 13 January which had led to the death of 9 people and 45 getting severely injured.

Amid the tragedy, let us have a quick glance at the top 10 deadliest train accidents in India :

1. 1981 Bihar Train Disaster

A passenger train estimated to be carrying around 900 people derailed off the railway track and subsequently sank into the Baghmati river near Saharsa in Bihar and as many as 500 casualties had been estimated.

Some were of the view that the accident was caused by a cyclone while others claim that it was caused by flash flooding. This tragic accident had been dubbed as one of the most dreadful train accidents in India, if not the most.


2. 1995 Firozabad Rail Disaster

A Delhi-bound Purushottam Express rammed into a stationary Kalindi Express near Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 358 people onboard.

The incident unraveled when the Kalindi express got stuck on the tracks due to a brake failure after colliding with a cow. The Purushottam Express was allowed to operate on the same track at the same time as a result of which this accident occured.


3. 1999 Gaisal Train Disaster

Two trains carrying over 2,500 passengers collided near Gaisal, Assam, about 310 miles from Guwahati, killing at least 290 passengers. The trains exploded upon collision as it rammed into each other at a very high speed.


4. 1998 Khanna Train Disaster

The Kolkata bound Jammu Tawi-Sealdah Express rammed into six derailed Frontier Golden Temple Mail coaches bound for Amritsar near Khanna on the Khanna-Ludhiana section of India's Northern Railway in Punjab. The casualties were reported to be at least 212 people.


5. 2010 Gyaneshwari Express Disaster

A Mumbai-bound Howrah Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express was derailed by an explosion (or sabotage) between Khemashuli and Sardiha in West Midnapore district at 1:30 a.m and got subsequently hit by a goods train.

It was suspected to be a Maoist attack and at least 170 people were killed.


6. 2016 Indore Patna Disaster

Indore–Patna Express 19321 derailed near Pukhrayan, Kanpur, India, on November 20, 2016, killing at least 150 people and injuring more than 150 others.


7. 2002 Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express

Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Rafiganj station between Gaya and Dehri-on-Sone stations at 10:40 p.m killing over 140 people.


8. 2005 Valigonda Train Tragedy

A flash flood washed away a small rail bridge on October 29, 2005, and a "Delta Fast Passenger" train traveling on it derailed at the damaged section of the line, killing at least 114 people and injuring over 200 others.


9. 2010 Sainthia Train Crash

The Uttar Banga Express and the Vananchal Express rammed into each other in Sainthia, West Bengal, on July 19, 2010 killing about 63 people and injuring over 165 people.


10. 2012 Hampi Express Accident

The Hubli-Bangalore Hampi Express collided with a goods train near Andhra Pradesh on May 22, 2012. The train's four bogies derailed, and one of them caught fire, killing about 25 passengers and charring several others, while injuring about 43 others.


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