India’s most disastrous train accidents in the past 20 years

Jun 5, 2023

By: Katya Naidu

Odisha crash: The largest crash in India’s history

Three trains — the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, the Bengaluru-Howrah super fast and a goods train were involved in a pile-up last week, leading to many deaths. Despite the state government cutting the death toll, the crash is still being viewed as India’s worst.

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Death toll lowered

The Odisha government has revised the toll of the triple train crash tragedy to 275, from 288 earlier. As many as 1,175 people were injured – of these, 793 passengers have been discharged, while 382 are being treated.

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A dubious history

Indian Railways, which runs over 13,000 passenger trains daily, has a long history of crashes that resulted in many deaths. Here are some of the worst crashes.

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Jnaneswari Express crash

In May 2010, at least 148 passengers died and over 200 were injured when a few coaches of the train derailed between Khemashuli and Sardhia stations in West Bengal.

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Patna-Indore Express crash

In November 2016, the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Kanpur killing at least 150 people and injuring 150 more.

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Rajdhani Express derailment

In September 2002, the Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Rafiganj station in Bihar, killing over 140 people after 14 coaches plunged into the Dhawa river at night.

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Chhapra-Mathura Express collision

In 2011, the Chhapra-Mathura Express collided with a bus at an unmanned level crossing in Uttar Pradesh leaving 69 dead. In a freak accident, the train which was running at a high speed, dragged the bus for about half a kilometre.

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Uttar Banga Express and Vananchal Express crash

​In July 2010, the Uttar Banga Express and the Vananchal Express rammed into each other in West Bengal's Sainthia leaving about 63 dead and injuring 165 others.​

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Hubli-Bangalore Hampi Express crash

In May 2012, the Hubli-Bangalore Hampi Express collided with a goods train near Andhra Pradesh. Four coaches derailed and one of them caught fire – killing about 25 passengers and injuring 43 others.

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Tamil Nadu Express fire

In July 2012, a coach of the Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express caught fire near Nellore, leaving more than 30 people dead, as per IANS.

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