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Train accident death toll 66
Published on 20 Jul. 2010 11:29 PM IST
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The toll in the train collision at Sainthia in Birbhum district rose to 66 on Tuesday with three injured passengers of the Vananchal Express succumbing to injuries at the Burdwan Medical College Hospital.
Thirty-six injured persons had been referred to the Burdwan Medical College Hospital from the Suri Sadar Hospital in Birbhum on Monday, Eastern Railway officials said.
They said 28 bodies that are yet to be identified, have been sent to Burdwan hospital for preservation, as that particular facility was absent in the Suri Sadar Hospital.
Identification of the bodies was taking long because most of the dead hailed from remote areas in Bihar, officials added.
The Uttarbanga Express at Sainthia station yesterday hit from behind the Ranchi-bound Vananchal Express.
Accident averted
A major accident was averted in Punjab Tuesday when the alert crew of an express train realised that its iron hook had broken, detaching the engine and four bogies from the train that was moving at nearly 100 km per hour.
No casualties were reported, initial reports say.
The engine and four compartments of the Himsagar Express got detached from the rest of the train after the hook broke near Lehragaga station in state’s Sangrur district, about 150 km from here.
A railway official said the train crew immediately realised that the rest of the train, comprising 16-17 bogies, was left behind. Eyewitnesses told railway officials that the hook broke with a small blast.
Ruling out sabotage, the official attributed the snag to a technical fault, adding that a proper investigation was being conducted.
Efforts were being made to repair the fault, the official said.
The Himsagar Express runs on one of the longest routes in the country, connecting Jammu city with Kanyakumari town in Tamil Nadu - the southernmost tip of India’s mainland.

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