Scores Killed in 'Maoist Train Attack' in India

At least 65 dead after blast
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2010 1:20 AM CDT
India Train Crash Kills Dozens, Maoists Blamed
India rescue workers gather at the scene of the train crash in Sardiha, West Bengal state, about 90 miles west of Calcutta, India.   (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

At least 65 people have been killed by a train crash in eastern India that officials believe was the work of Maoist rebels. A blast hit an overnight passenger train from Calcutta as it passed through a rebel stronghold, sending 13 cars into the path of an oncoming cargo train. Over 200 people were injured, and authorities fear more bodies are trapped in the wreckage, the Telegraph reports.

"I can see at least 4 passenger coaches completely mangled. I am seeing many bodies crushed," a reporter at the scene told the BBC. "People are crying. Rescuers are struggling to save the survivors and get the bodies out." (Read more train crash stories.)

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