A look at some of Europe’s train disasters in recent times
A head-on collision between a passenger train and a freight train in Greece has killed dozens of people and injured scores more. Rail travel in Europe is a common and relatively affordable and convenient way for many Europeans to travel. It also has a good safety record overall, growing safer in past years. Yet the tragedy in Greece is a reminder of how deadly crashes can be when they happen. Here is a look at some of the most deadly train crashes in recent years. FUNICULAR FIRE In November 2000, a cable car on a funicular railway caught fire in a mountain tunnel in Kaprun, Austria, killing 155 people. Those who died were skiers and snowboarders heading to the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain. Read more: Rescuers comb wreckage of Greece’s deadliest train crash HIGH-SPEED TRAIN HITS BRIDGE In June 1998, a high-speed train traveling at 200 kph (125 mph) collided with a bridge at Eschede, Germany, causing it to collapse, a crash that killed 101 people and injured more than 100. It was Germany’s deadliest postwar rail disaster. SPANISH COMMUTER TRAIN In July 2013, a commuter train hurtled off the rails as it came around a bend near the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 80 and injuring 145 others. An investigation showed the train was traveling 179 kph (111 mph) on a stretch with an 80 kph (50 mph) speed limit when it left the tracks and smashed into a wall. The case finally went to trial in October with the driver and a former railway security director accused of professional negligence. A verdict is expected in the coming months. SPANISH SUBWAY TRAIN A subway train traveling at excessive speed crashed in an underground tunnel in the eastern city of Valencia in July 2006, killing 43 people and injuring scores more. It took 13 years for a court to find four managers of the city’s subway system guilty of negligent manslaughter for not taking the necessary safety measures needed to prevent the tragedy. Read more: Fiery Greece train collision kills 32, injures at least 85 TRAIN PLUNGES INTO RAVINE In January 2006, a failure of the braking system in a train caused it to derail and plunge into a ravine outside the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica. The crash killed 45 people, including five children, and injured a further 184. It was the worst train disaster in Montenegro’s history. EXPLOSION AT STATION In 2009, a freight train carrying gas derailed at the Viareggio station, near the Tuscan city of Lucca, and exploded, killing 32 people. Poorly maintained axels of the train were blamed. HEAD-ON CRASH IN LONDON The worst rail crash in Britain in the past 30 years happened in October 1999, when a train heading out of London’s Paddington station went through a red light and crashed into an incoming high-speed train, killing 31 people. Around 400 people were injured. COMMUTER TRAINS CRASH In July 2016, two Italian commuter trains collided head-on in late morning between towns in the southern region of Puglia, killing 31 people and injuring scores more. An investigation found an error of communication between the stations that each train had departed from. RUSH HOUR CRASH NEAR BRUSSELS On Feb. 15, 2010, two commuter trains slammed into one another just outside Brussels during morning rush hour when one ran a red light. In all, 19 people were killed and 171 injured in the nation’s worst train crash. Compounding the tragedy was that a similar red-light crash had happened years before and that promises to add security measures weren’t fully implemented.
Official: 17 people killed in bus-truck crash in NW Pakistan
A head-on collision between a passenger bus and a speeding truck trailer near a tunnel in northwest Pakistan overnight killed at least 17 passengers, including women and children, a rescue official said early Friday. The crash happened in Kohat district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to the local emergency official and state-run media. “We have transported all the dead and injured to a hospital in Kohat,” rescue official Rehmat Ullah said. TV footage showed images of the destroyed bus. Azam Khan, the caretaker chief minister in the province, has expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the tragic accident. Read more: Passenger bus in Pakistan crashes, catches fire killing 40 On Sunday, a passenger bus crashed into a pillar and fell off a bridge in Baluchistan province, catching fire and killing 40 people. Deadly accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and a disregard for traffic laws.
3 dead, 10 injured as 2 buses collide head-on in Rangpur
Three people were dead and at least 10 were injured in a head-on collision between two buses in Rangpur's Taraganj upazila this morning. The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. The accident occurred in Doalipara area of the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway around 7:45 am, said Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Taraganj police station. Read: Road accidents kill 2 in Sirajganj The injured were admitted to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital. According to the police, a Rangpur-bound bus of Tripti Paribahan from Saidpur collided head-on with another bus, of Saimon Exclusive Paribahan, coming from the opposite direction in Doalipara area -- leaving two dead on the spot and 10 injured. "Another person died at the hospital while undergoing treatment there," the OC said. The bodies have been kept in the hospital morgue for autopsies, added the OC.
Two killed in Sirajganj road crash
Two persons were killed and at least five others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a bus in the Konabari area of Kamarkhand upazila in Sirajganj early on Friday. Of the deceased, one was identified as Shakil, 20, from Pirganj upazila of Rangpur district, while another remained unidentified, said Mosaddek Hasan, officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Bridge East police station. The accident occurred around 3am when the passenger bus heading towards northern districts hit the truck coming from the opposite direction on the connecting highway to the east side of Bangabandhu Bridge, said the OC. Read: Two killed in Faridpur road accident The unidentified passenger died on the spot while Shakil succumbed to his injuries at Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital where he was rushed to along with the other injured, he said. The accident triggered an hour-long jam on the busy highway, which eased after police removed the two ill-fated vehicles, said OC Mosaddek.
One killed, 4 injured in Joypurhat road crash
One person was killed while four others were injured in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a pickup van in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat on Friday. The deceased was identified as Sharif Rahman, the driver of the pickup van. Police said the accident occurred when the bus crashed into the van coming from the opposite direction on Joypurhat-Hilli Road at Bagjana point around 9.30am. Also Read: 2 REB staffers killed in Jamalpur train accident The impact of the collision left five people, including the van driver, injured. They were rushed to a nearby hospital, where Sharif succumbed to his injuries. Palash Chandra Deb, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station, said the death toll could rise as the condition of some of the injured is critical.
Bus-truck collision leaves 4 dead in Naogaon
Four people, including a two-year-old child, were killed and 15 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Naogaon on Wednesday night, police said. The accident occurred around 9pm on Badalgachi-Patnitala Regional Road in the district's Mohadevpur upazila. Read:Dinajpur road crash leaves 2 dead "The Naogaon-bound bus crashed into the truck coming from the opposite direction at high speed, as its driver could not apply brakes at the last minute," said Azam Uddin Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Mohadevpur police station. Two passengers of the bus died on the spot and 17 were injured in the impact of the collision, he said. The injured were taken to Badalgachi Upazila Health Complex and Naogaon Sadar Hospital. Five of the seriously injured were later shifted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) after their condition worsened. "The child succumbed to his injuries at Naogaon Sadar Hospital that night only, while another injured at Badalgachi Upazila Health Complex died on Thursday morning," said the OC. Read: Road crash claims three lives in Habiganj Two of the deceased were identified as Abdur Rashid, 37, and Girij Pahan, 35, of Soasa village in Badalgachi upazila. The identity of the child and another deceased could not be known immediately. A case of rash and negligent driving has been filed at Mohadevpur police station, the officer added.
4 killed in Kurigram road accident
Four people, including three members of a family, were killed and another injured in a head-on collision between a Dhaka-bound bus and an auto-rickshaw in the Nageshwari area of Kurigram district on Thursday night. The deceased were identified as Jalil Sarker (auto driver), son of late Samuddi Sheikh, Shahidul Islam, his daughter Sumaiya, and his mother Sufia Begum of West Raiganj area of the upazila. Read: 9 Hindu devotees die in India road crash Shahidul Islam’s wife Shahnaj Begum was admitted to hospital in a critical condition. Agitated local people blocked the road after the accident. On information, officer-in-charge of Nageshwari police station, Nabiul Hasan and UNO Nur Ahmed Masum rushed to the spot and pacified the mob. According to police and local sources, construction work is underway on the Kurigram-Bhurungamari highway. The accident occurred when the night bus of Rizvi Paribahan hit the autorickshaw at 8 pm, leaving two people dead on the spot. Read:Mymensingh road crash leaves 4 dead The two others succumbed to their injuries on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH). Officer-in-charge of Nageswari police station Nabiul Hasan said the bus driver was detained and the vehicle compounded.
Collision between 2 buses leaves 5 dead in Rangpur
Five people were killed and 12 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses on Dhaka-Rangpur highway near Boldipukur in Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur early Sunday. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet. Read:Two youths killed in Naogaon road crash Police said a Rangpur-bound bus of Johana Paribahan collided head-on with a Dhaka-bound bus of Selfie Paribahan around 7:50 am, leaving five people dead on the spot. Later, fire fighters rescued the injured and rushed them to a nearby Health Complex and Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Read:Three killed in Thakurgaon road crash Aminuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Mithapukur Police Station, said the condition of two of the injured is critical.
Five killed in Rajbari road crash
At least five people were killed and two others injured as a bus collided with a human hauler in Khankhanapur Sotobridge area on Dhaka- Khulna highway in Sadar upazila Sunday noon.