Reporting from New Delhi and Islamabad, Pakistan — A speeding passenger train slammed into another train stopped at a depot in eastern India early Monday, killing at least 60 people and injuring 90 in the second major rail disaster in the region in just over seven weeks.
The collision occurred in the eastern state of West Bengal, the site of a May 28 crash between a passenger train and a cargo train that killed 145. In that crash, the passenger train derailed before striking the cargo train, and authorities eventually blamed the incident on sabotage by Maoist rebels.
Indian authorities said they were still investigating the cause of Monday's crash. Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahay said it was possible the crash was caused by human error, adding that "no effort was made by the driver of the Uttarbanga express to stop the train."
The Uttarbanga was the passenger train that rammed into the rear of the stationary Vananchal express at a station in Sainthia, about 130 miles from Kolkata, formerly Calcutta. The area of West Bengal state is a Maoist stronghold that has seen several recent attacks.