At least 36 people were killed and dozens more injured in a train crash in India on Monday. The crash happened when two trains collided head-on in the eastern state of Bihar.
The trains were both running on the same track when they collided near the town of Kanpur. The impact of the crash caused the trains to derail and split into several pieces.
Rescue workers were able to pull many of the passengers from the wreckage, but many others were killed or trapped. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered from the wreckage.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but officials believe that human error may have played a role. The two trains were both running late, and it is possible that the drivers were trying to make up time when they collided.
The crash is the latest in a series of train accidents in India. In 2016, a train derailment killed at least 146 people. And in 2017, a train collision killed at least 128 people.
India has one of the largest railway networks in the world, with over 67,000 kilometers of track. The railway system is often overcrowded and poorly maintained, which contributes to the high number of train accidents.
The government has promised to improve safety on the railway network, but it remains to be seen if these measures will be enough to prevent future accidents.
Here are some of the factors that contribute to train accidents in India:
- Overcrowding: Indian trains are often overcrowded, which can make it difficult for passengers to get a seat and can lead to people standing in the aisles or on the roofs of the trains. This overcrowding can make it difficult for passengers to escape in the event of an accident.
- Poor maintenance: The Indian railway network is often poorly maintained, which can lead to track defects and other problems that can cause accidents.
- Human error: Human error is often a factor in train accidents. This can include driver error, such as speeding or not paying attention, or passenger error, such as climbing on top of the train.
The government has taken some steps to improve safety on the railway network, but more needs to be done. These steps include:
- Investing in new safety technology, such as automatic train protection systems.
- Increasing the number of railway police officers to patrol trains and stations.
- Cracking down on overcrowding by enforcing stricter ticket-checking regulations.
The government also needs to address the underlying causes of train accidents, such as poverty and unemployment, which force people to travel by train in overcrowded and dangerous conditions.