At least 61 people were killed and 125 seriously injured when an express train slammed into a passenger train at a station in West Bengal, India, early Monday morning. An estimated 125 people were injured.
The impact at about 2:00 a.m. catapulted the roof of a passenger car onto an overpass above the tracks. Rescue workers, using gas cutters to open the mangled coaches, had pulled 56 bodies from the wreckage by 8:30 a.m., but authorities predicted the death toll may still mount.
Two passenger cars and one luggage car were destroyed by what appears to be the result of human error. Early assessments indicate the driver of the Uttarbanga Express overshot a red signal before colliding with the stationary Vanachal Express at the Sainthia station 125 miles north of Calcutta.
India's railway minister Mamata Banerjee said the crash may have been engineered by Maoists, members of India's Communist party. The same group sabotaged train tracks two months ago, one of the worst wrecks in India's history.
The train crash in West Midnapore killed 160 passengers, according to The Times of India, when a cargo train slammed into a derailed passenger train.