Firozabad rail collision

The Firozabad rail collision occurred on 20 August 1995 near Firozabad on the Delhi-Kanpur section of India's Northern Railway, at 02:55[1] when a passenger train collided with a train which had stopped after hitting a nilgai, killing 358 people.[2] Some estimate the death toll at more than 400.[3] The crash happened in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Both trains were bound for the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Firozabad rail collision
Date20 August 1995
LineNorth Central Railway
OperatorIndian Railways
Incident typeCollision
CauseObstruction on line (nilgai), followed by rear-end collision.
  • 358 (official)
  • >400 (unofficial)

The first train, the Kalindi Express from Kanpur, struck a nilgai and could not proceed due to damaged brakes. It was then struck from behind at a speed of 70 km/h[4] by the Purushottam Express from Puri.[1] Three carriages of the Kalindi Express were destroyed, the engine and front two carriages of the Puri train were derailed. Most of the 2,200 passengers aboard the two trains were asleep at the time of the collision.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Feature". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. ^ "The world's worst train accidents since 1900". The Independent. London. Retrieved 1 September 2012.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Chronology of railways in India, Part 5 (1995 - present)". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ "The Leading Emergency Management Site on the Net". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  5. ^ Roy, Ranjan (21 August 1995). "300 die after Indian train hits cow". The Independent. London. Retrieved 1 September 2012.

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