October 29, 2005

150 feared dead as Indian train derails

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Up to 150 people were feared
killed when seven coaches of a passenger train derailed in
southern India on Saturday after a bridge collapsed in heavy
rain, a railway official said.

The accident in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh
occurred as a storm lashed the region, causing floods in
low-lying areas.

"A railway bridge across a stream collapsed due to heavy
rains leading to the derailment. About 150 people are feared
dead. So far we have recovered 10 bodies," P. Krishaniah, chief
public relations officer of southcentral railways, told

Cranes and a rescue train had been rushed to the site, 30
km (18 miles) south of the state capital Hyderabad.