A packed express train hurtled past a stop signal and rammed a passenger train pulling out of a station near New Delhi, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 100, railway officials said today.
The New Delhi-bound Karnataka Express was moving at 70 mph when it slammed into the rear of the Himsagar Express late Sunday in Faridabad, 20 miles east of New Delhi. More than 1,500 passengers were aboard both trains; most were sleeping when the crash occurred.
The track was littered today with smashed suitcases, shoes and bed linens. Two coaches on the Karnatka Express looked like crumpled shoe boxes. Another luggage coach was demolished, and both engines derailed.
"Obviously, the driver of the Karnataka Express ignored a stop stop signal. It's human failure," said S.A. Zaidi, a senior manager of the state-owned railway.