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Indian train crash kills 8, injures 85

Third major rail accident in two months again raises safety concerns about India's lifeline
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Bystanders watch as rescue workers remove debris at the scene of a train crash in Bagharpur near Malda, around 350 kms from Kolkata on August 1, 2011. Two passenger trains collided head on in eastern India on July 31, 2011, killing at least one person and leaving many trapped in the wreckage. The crash came three weeks after a packed express train traveling from Kolkata to New Delhi derailed at high speed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, killing 63 people, and experts say the railway 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. (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 8 people were killed and 85 people sustained injuries when a speeding passenger train collided with another one waiting for a signal near Chennai, the Times of India reports.

The third major rail accident in two months, the incident again raises concerns about safety on India's railway system -- the lifeline for much of the country.

"Till now eight bodies have been identified and injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals," the Press Trust of India quoted IG Railway Police Sunil Kumar as saying.

The mishap occurred when the speeding Chennai-Vellore Cantonment Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) rammed into the rear of the Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger which was waiting for signal at the Chitheri station, at about 9.40 PM, the Times of India said.

Rescue workers used gas cutters to help pull out the trapped passengers from the derailed bogies while two cranes were pressed into service to clear the tracks, the paper said.

Two similar accidents occurred in July. 

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