India: Passenger Train Crash Kills 8
A passenger train traveling through southern India collided with another train stopped at a signal on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring dozens more, a government official said.
Shalendra Babu, a senior police official, said late Tuesday that five train cars derailed in the accident, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.
Rescuers have taken at least 80 injured passengers to nearby hospitals, Babu told reporters.
Nagarajan, the district administrator, said five people died on the spot and another three succumbed to injuries in a hospital.
Rescue efforts, initially hampered by rains, were over with all the injured shifted to hospitals, said Nagarajan, who uses one name.
The accident's cause was being investigated, said Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi.
India's railroad network is one of the largest in the world and carries about 14 million passengers each day. Accidents are common, with most blamed on poor maintenance and human error.