A freight train rammed into a stationery passenger train in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand today, killing at least five people, officials said.
The collision occurred at Barwadi station, 115 miles south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state, said railway official S. Toppo.
“Five bodies have been found, and the rescuers are getting ready to cut through the metal to look for (more) bodies and survivors,” said Dr A.K. Das, a government surgeon at the area’s biggest hospital.
Four carriages were badly damaged, he said.
Every day, at least 13 million people use India’s accident-plagued state-run rail network.
About 300 accidents involving trains occur in India each year, with most blamed on lax safety standards.