Indian Railways and Accidents are made for each other. For past 65 years more than 30 major Rail Accidents have taken place. Below we present a look at some of the major Rail Accidents in India past 10 Years.
Following is a chronology of major rail accidents since 2000:
Dec 3, 2000: Forty-six killed and over 130 injured when the Howrah-Amritsar Mail rams into a derailed goods train between Sarai Banjara and Sadhugarh in Punjab.
June 22, 2001: Forty people killed when the Mangalore-Chennai Mail tumbles into the Kadalundi river near Kozhikode in Kerala.
May 12, 2002: Twelve killed when the New Delhi-Patna Shramjeevi Express derails while passing over a bridge in Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.
June 4, 2002: Thirty-four killed when the Kasgunj Express crashes into a bus at a rail crossing.
Sep 10, 2002: 120 people killed when the Kolkata-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derails over a bridge in Bihar.
Jan 3, 2003: Eighteen killed as three coaches of an express train derail in south-central Maharashtra.
May 15, 2003: A burst stove causes a devastating fire that sweeps through a speeding passenger train in Punjab, killing 40 people and injuring more than 50.
June 22, 2003: In the first major accident on the Konkan Railway, 53 people, including three children, are killed and 25 injured when the engine and three coaches of the Karwar-Mumbai Central Holiday Special train derail after crossing Vaibhavwadi station in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra.
July 2, 2003: At least 22 passengers and motorists killed in a bizarre but ghastly accident in Andhra Pradesh, when the engine and two coaches of a train fall off a bridge crushing vehicles passing underneath.
June 16, 2004: Mumbai-bound Matsyagandha Express goes off the tracks while crossing a bridge in Maharashtra’s Raigarh district, nearly 150 km from Mumbai, killing 20 people and injuring over 60.
May 28, 2010: The 13-coach Gyaneshwari Express train derails after track-sabotage and its derailed coaches are hit by an oncoming goods train. 148 people die in the accident.
July 19, 2010: The speeding Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express rams into the Vananchal Express at Sainthia station in West Bengal’s Birbhum district killing at least 60 people.
May 22, 2011: At least 16 people killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling is hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Bihar’s Madhubani district.
July 7, 2011: At least 31 people killed and 17 injured when a train hits a bus carrying 80 passengers at an unmanned crossing.
Nov 22, 2011: Seven people burnt to death when the Howrah-Dehradun express train catches fire in Giridih in Jharkhand.
Jan 11, 2012: Five people killed in a collision between the Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail and a stationary goods train.
May 22, 2012: At least 25 people killed when the Banglore-bound Hampi Express collides with a stationary goods train in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district.
May 31, 2012: At least 7 people killed after the Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express derails near Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.
11 February 1981 – Three trains on same track collide with each other in Vaniyambadi, 199 km from Chennai.
6 June 1981 – Bihar train disaster, India: Hundreds are killed (300–800) when a train falls into a river.
17 July 1981 – A freight train slams into the back of a Narmada Express train in Madhya Pradesh, India, near Bhanwartonk Station killing 700 people and injuring 43.
19 July 1981 – In an incident blamed on sabotage, a train traveling to Ahmedabad from New Delhi, India, derailed in Gujarat, killing 30 people and injuring 70.
31 July 1981 – Six coaches of a train derail near Bahawalpur, India, killing 43 and injuring 50.
27 January 1982 – A freight train and an express passenger train collided head-on in heavy fog near Agra, India, killing 50 and injuring 50.
20 March 1982 – A Mangalore-to-New Delhi train slammed into a tourist bus at a level crossing in Andhra Pradesh, snapping the bus in two, killing at least 59 people on the bus and injuring 25 others.
23 February 1985 – Rajnandgaon train fire, Madhya Pradesh, India: Over 50 people were killed when an express train caught fire.
13 June 1985 – Agra rail disaster, Agra, India: 38 people were killed in a collision.
10 March 1986 – Khagaria rail disaster, over 50 people are killed in a collision in Bihar.
8 July 1987 – Machieral rail disaster, 53 people killed in the derailment of a train in Andhra Pradesh.
8 July 1988 – Ashtamudi Lake rail disaster, passenger train falls in the lake after derailing, 107 people drowned. The train was Island Express.
18 April 1989 – Lalitpur rail disaster, near Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh, India: 75 killed when train derails.
1 November 1989 – Sakaldiha, Uttar Pradesh: Udyan Abha Toofan Express derailed; 48 people died.
16 April 1990–Patna rail disaster, near Patna, India: 70 killed as shuttle train is gutted by fire.
6 June 1990: Thirty-five killed in a train accident at Gollaguda in Andhra Pradesh.
25 June 1990: Sixty killed as a goods train rams into a passenger train at Mangra in Daltongunj in Bihar.
10 October 1990: Forty killed in a fire in a train near Cherlapalli in Andhra Pradesh.
October 31, 1991: Thirty killed as Karnataka Express derails near Makalidurga ghats in Karnataka,about 60 km from Bangalore on a rainy evening.
Sept 5, 1992: Forty-one killed in a train accident near Raigarh in Madhya Pradesh.
16 July 1993: Sixty killed in an accident in Darbhanga district of Bihar.
Sept 21, 1993: Seventy-one killed as Kota–Bina passenger train collides with a goods train near Chhabra in Rajasthan.
3 May 1994: Thirty-five people killed as Narayanadri Express rams into a tractor in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.
26 Oct 1994: Twenty-seven killed as 8001 DN Mumbai–Hawrah mail caught fire on its S5 Sleeper class coach between Lotapahar and Chakradharpur stations (SE Railway) at 02.51 AM.
14 May 1995: Fifty-two people killed as Madras–Kanyakumari Express collides with a goods train near Salem.
1 June 1995: Seventy-three killed in two accidents in West Bengal and Orissa.
20 Augus1995: Firozabad rail disaster, 358 killed as Delhi-bound Purushottam Express rams into the stationary Kalindi Express near Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh.
18 April 1996: Sixty killed as Gorakhpur–Gonda passenger train rams into a stationary goods train at Domingarh near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
14 May 1996: Thirty-five of a marriage party killed as bus carrying them collides with the Ernakulam–Kayamkulam train at an unmanned level-crossing near Alappuzha in Kerala.
25 May 1996: Twenty-five killed as an Allahabad-bound passenger train rams into a tractor-trolley at an unmanned level crossing near Varanasi.
Dec 30, 1996: Thirty-three people killed in a bomb blast on the Brahmaputra mail between Kokrajhar and Fakiragram stations in lower Assam.
8 July 1997: Thirty-three people killed in bomb blast on a passenger train at Lehra Khanna railway station in Bhatinda district in Punjab.
28 July 1997: Twelve people killed in a collision involving Karnataka Express and Himsagar Express near Faridabad on the outskirts of Delhi.
Sept 14, 1997: Eight-one killed as five bogies of the Ahmedabad–Howrah Express plunge into a river in Bilaspur district of Madhya Pradesh.
4 April 1998: Fatuha Train Crash Eleven people killed near Fatuha Station on Howrah-Delhi main line as Howrah–Danapur Express derails between Fatuha and Bankaghat stations.
24 April 1998: Twenty-four killed and 32 injured at Parali Vaijanath railway station in Maharashtra as 15 wagons of a goods train Ram into the Manmad–Kachiguda Express.
Aug 13, 1998: Nineteen killed and 27 injured as a bus rams into the Chennai–Madurai Express train at an unmanned level-crossing on the new Karur-Salem bypass road on the outskirts of Karur town.
Sept 24, 1998: Twenty people, including 14 school children, killed and 33 injured when a train engine rams into a bus at an unmanned level-crossing near Bottalaapalem village in Andhra Pradesh.
Nov 26, 1998: Khanna rail disaster, over 212 people die as Jammu Tawi–Sealdah Express rams into three derailed bogies of Amritsar-bound Frontier Golden Temple Mail at Khanna.
16 July 1999: Seventeen killed and over 2000 injured as the 2616 UP Chennai – New Delhi Grand Trunk Express collides with derailed wagons of a DN Goods train in Agra-Mathura section ( near Mathura ) of Cental Railway.
Aug 2, 1999: 268 killed and 359 injured in a collision involving Awadh–Assam Express and Brahmaputra Mail at Gaisal in North Frontier Railway’s Katihar division. Gaisal train disaster