Indian Train Hits Pilgrims, Dozens Dead
An express train travelling through a remote station in the Indian state of Bihar ploughed into a large group of Hindu pilgrims crossing the tracks, leaving dozens of people dead.
A group of passengers who had just disembarked from a train at Dhamara Ghat station were crossing the tracks on their way to a local Hindu temple at 8:40 on Monday morning (03:10 GMT) when they were hit by the Rajya Rani Express travelling on the opposite track. The Express train was not expected to stop at the station and was travelling at high speed.
Local officials say that it is difficult to say exactly how many people died as many of the bodies were dismembered, but the death toll is thought to be at least 35-37.
Immediately following the tragedy an angry mob attacked the driver of the train, beating him severely and setting two train carriages on fire.
Rescue operations have begun and police reinforcements are currently travelling to the remote area.