India Train Crash Kills 56

A speeding train slammed into another train waiting to leave a station in India’s West Bengal region on Monday, killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 100 others in another accident involving the country’s notorious railway system.

Reports said the Vananchal Express was preparing to leave the Saintha station around 200 kilometers north of Calcutta when the Uttarbanga Express suddenly slammed its rear end. The impact of the crash was so intense that two passenger cars and another luggage car were destroyed. Rescuers found 56 bodies in the wreckage.

The crash was the second in as many months in West Bengal, raising fears that the collision might not be an accident after all. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said there is a possibility that the current crash may be connected to the one that occurred on May 28, when a passenger train slammed into a cargo train after derailing. That crash killed 145 people, with the government saying that Maoist rebels sabotaged the trains. Banerjee said that investigation of the new crash is now going on, but added that they “have some doubts” about the cause of the accident.