20 Mar 2012

At least 15 killed in Indian level-crossing crash

9:37 pm on 20 March 2012

A train in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has collided with a vehicle packed with passengers, killing at least 15 people.

The crash happened at an unmanned level crossing near Madu railway station early on Tuesday local time.

Railway officials say a jeep tried to cross the track as an express train was approaching. The train rammed into the jeep, which carried 17 passengers, dragging it along the track.

The BBC reports that train accidents are common in India, which has one of the world's busiest rail networks.

Last July at least 38 people were killed when a train hit a bus carrying wedding guests at a level crossing in Patiyali in Uttar Pradesh.

In May 2010 more than 100 people were killed when a Mumbai-bound express train jumped off the tracks into the path of an oncoming goods train in West Bengal. The tracks had been apparently sabotaged by Maoist rebels.

And in July 2010, more than 60 people were killed when a speeding passenger express hit another train waiting at a station in West Bengal.