India train collision leaves 25 dead
At least 25 people have lost their lives in a train collision in eastern India after a blast on the tracks caused a derailment, railway officials say.
The accident took place early on Friday in an area known to be a stronghold of Maoist rebels, who are suspected of being behind the explosion, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
"The blast derailed 13 coaches of the Gyaneswari Express. These coaches then fell on the other track where a goods train rammed into some of them," Soumitra Majumdar, a railway spokesman, was quoted by Reuters as saying.
The official says the passenger train was en route from Mumbai to Kolkata in West Bengal state when the incident occurred, DPA reported.
The incident is India's second transportation disaster in a week.
On Saturday, a plane overshot a hilltop runway in southwest India and plunged over a cliff, which resulted in the airplane bursting into flames.
Of the 166 people aboard the plane, only 8 survived.