Datia Rail Accident

The Datia train accident was a railroad accident that occurred on 3 October 2005 involving a passenger train near Datia in India's Madhya Pradesh Province.

The accident occurred just three weeks before the Veligonda rail disaster which killed 114 people.

The overcrowded Bundelkhand Express from Varanasi to Gwalior was apparently travelling at over six times the legal speed limit, when it overshot a sharp turn near the town of Datia. The engine and six coaches jumped the track and crashed through a signalman's box before coming to rest nearby in a crumpled heap. 16 people were killed and over 100 people were injured, with dozens having to be cut out of the wreckage by rescue teams. The train did not catch fire following the accident.

The driver, who was believed to have been travelling at 90km/h, was killed in the crash, the Railway Ministry admitted responsibility for the incident, and promised 500,000 rupees (approximately £6,500 or $13,000) and a reserved future job on the railway to the family of each victim.

At least 16 people have been killed and dozens injured in a train crash in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
Rescue teams have been working to free hundreds feared trapped in the mangled carriages, officials said, with the death toll thought likely to rise.

India's railway minister said the Bundelkhand Express was travelling at six times the speed limit when six carriages derailed near Datia town.

India's railway is among the world's largest, but has a poor safety record.

About 21 people were killed and 80 injured when seven coaches of a passenger train went off rails after heavy rains submerged the tracks, loosening soil under them in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state, railway officials said.

About 50 people were still trapped in coaches that were under three feet of water near Nalgonda town in Andhra Pradesh state. Nalgonda is 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of state capital Hyderabad.

The tracks were flooded after the walls of a nearby reservoir broke following heavy rains in southern Indian states, F.R. Michael, a spokesman for the south-central section of Indian Railways, said today in a telephone interview from Hyderabad.