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The 22-year-old was asleep on the overnight train, headed to his distant job at a call center, when an enormous jolt awakened him and his coach flipped. He lay with his leg broken for five hours, crushed under the dead bodies of other passengers as he waited for help.
The powerful crash between two express trains at a station in eastern India early Monday morning killed 61 people and injured scores more. The force of the crash was so intense the roof of one car was thrust onto an overpass above the tracks.
Accidents are relatively common on India’s sprawling rail network, which is one of the world’s largest but lacks modern signaling and communication systems. Most crashes are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.
It was the second major train crash in West Bengal state in two months. On May 28, a passenger train derailed and was hit by an cargo train, killing 145 people. Authorities blamed sabotage by Maoist rebels for that crash.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the site of Monday’s crash and raised the possibility it was another case of sabotage. But there no immediate indication that rebels were to blame, and railway officials said the cause of the crash was unclear.
A handful of accidents in north India in January killed at least a dozen people and were blamed on heavy winter fog that impaired visibility. Other fatal crashes happened when rickety rail bridges give way. However, accidents as deadly as Monday’s crash are rare.
It happened about 2 a.m. when the fast-moving Uttarbanga Express slammed into the Vananchal Express as it was leaving the platform at Sainthia station, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) north of Calcutta.
Two passenger cars and a luggage car of the Vananchal Express were destroyed, leaving a tangle of twisted metal. The passenger cars were reserved for those on the cheapest tickets and such carriages are usually packed to capacity.
For the past week, Americans who consider themselves aligned with the Tea Party movement have suffered the indignity of being falsely labeled racist by the NAACP and the main stream media.
The constant calls to “repudiate the racists from your ranks” have not only been insulting, but have also served to force a false standard upon America’s fastest-growing and most vibrant political movement.
When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obamaa administration now defends the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”
And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce.
To cries of “Kill them all!” gunmen opened fire at a weekend birthday party, mowing down at least 17 people in another attack that laid bare the brutality of Mexico’s long-running drug war.
A dozen people were also wounded as the killers sprayed more than 200 bullets indiscriminately at the private celebration outside Torreon, an industrial city in the northern state of Coahuila.
Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his vision of the “Big Society” on Monday, calling on local communities to take responsibility for running services run, until now, by the government.
Cameron said a “Big Society” bank will be created to finance the project will be funded with £60M released from dormant bank accounts, adding that a team of civil servants will also be on hand to offer legal advice.
An illegal alien who committed a $27,000 identity-theft crime was able to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in governmental medical assistance, including surgery for an inflatable penis pump.
In response to heightened concern about illegal immigration since a gang-related stabbing in Shakopee, Scott County Attorney Pat Ciliberto has been tallying known costs to taxpayers and gave this example.
During a tearful and passionate speech at his “American Revival” meeting in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Fox News host Glenn Beck revealed that he may be going blind.
During his speech, Beck told the audience, “I can’t focus my eyes.” Taking a shot at health care reform, Beck said, “I went to the best doctor I could find, while I could still go to the best doctor I can find.”
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a revolutionary new aircraft that is expected to link Scotland with South America in three years’ time, made its British debut yesterday.
To the excitement of plane spotters and aviation fans, the Dreamliner touched down at Farnborough ahead of the week-long international airshow which begins today at the airfield in Hampshire.
Early Friday, the Obamas were greeted by Gov. John Baldacci and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud when they arrived in Trenton, Maine about 12:25 p.m. The president was the first to walk onto the tarmac, dressed casually in a pale blue Oxford shirt and khakis.
Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy.
The New York State Commission of Correction says top officials and staff were irresponsible when they authorized and failed to supervise a party at a youth prison where some violent offenders had sex with dates.
The commission faults the Office of Children and Family Services for directing the Goshen Secure Center to hold the December party for four offenders as a reward for good behavior.
A man sporting horns, tatooed eyebrows and earlobe implants has allegedly attempted to run over his landlord. 28-year-old Jesse Thornhill from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been arrested and spent the night in jail before being released on bail of $10,000, reports Metro.
Thornhill was allegedly involved in an argument with his landlord before using his vehicle as a ‘dangerous weapon’.
Police in Pennsylvania say a middle school teacher lied for years about having an inoperable brain tumor. 51-year-old Leslie Herneisey is accused of faking documents to take sick leave.
She faces 12 counts of forgery. Police say Herneisey missed work at Middletown Middle School over the years for treatment of a purported tumor. But her lack of symptoms made officials suspicious.