A New Year’s Eve tragedy leaves 7 dead in Kolkata
A train derailed and killed seven people in the Indian city of Kolkatta, officials said on Tuesday, with the deadliest crash in decades.
The incident occurred as a train was passing through the city’s main station at around 9 p.m. on Monday, with one of the cars carrying students and others on board, the Kolkatt Police said in a statement.
Three people were killed and seven others were injured in the derailment, the statement said.
One of the victims, a woman in her 20s, was rushed to a local hospital, where she died, police said.
A police official said the train’s driver and two passengers were being treated for injuries.
India is one of Europe’s most dangerous places to work, with some states including Kolkatas most dangerous city having seen at least three train crashes and dozens of fatalities in the past two years.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said the derailments were being investigated as “a possible criminal act” but gave no further details.