Latest News / India – At least 15 people were killed and up to 70 injured when two passenger trains collided in southern India on Tuesday, local police said.
The accident occurred around 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the port city of Chennai around 9:30pm (1600 GMT) when one train slammed into the back of another that was stationary at a signal point.
“Three carriages were derailed by the impact and so far 15 bodies have been recovered,” a local police official told AFP by telephone.
Television channels, which broadcast footage from the site showing rescue teams trying to cut their way into the wreckage, said up to 50 people had been injured.
India’s state-run railway system — still the main form of long-distance travel despite fierce competition from new private airlines — carries 18.5 million people every day.
Experts say the system, the world’s second largest under a single management, is desperately in need of new investment to improve safety and help end transport bottlenecks.