24 Dead After Trains Derail in India

- VOA News,August 6, 2015

Two passenger trains derailed during a flash flood in central India, killing at least 24 people and injuring scores more.

The derailments occurred around midnight Tuesday when the trains were crossing a small bridge near the Machak River in Madhya Pradesh state.

"While approaching the culvert, the track, it caved in because of the heavy rains and wet soil," Indian Railways spokesman Anil Saxena said.

Darkness complicated the search for the passengers, some of whom were stuck in train carriages half covered in mud and lying on their side in a field.

By morning, authorities said more than 300 passengers had been rescued, although there were fears the death toll could rise.

Accidents are common on India's railroad network, which is one of the world's largest and carries more than 20 million people per day.

印度两列客车脱轨 至少24人死亡

- 美国之音帕登,2015年8月6日

在印度中部,两列客运火车由于洪水泛滥而脱轨,造成至少24人死亡,几十人受伤。

这起脱轨事故发生在星期二午夜左右,当时这两列客车正在驶过中央邦的马恰克河附近的一座桥梁。

印度铁路系统发言人萨克西纳说,客车在驶近桥梁的涵洞时,铁轨由于暴雨和地面浸水而垮塌。

夜色增加了搜救乘客的难度,倾倒的车厢陷在泥水中,一些乘客困在车厢里。

有关当局说,到星期三上午,已经300多名乘客获救,但死亡人数可能还会增加。

印度铁路经常发生事故。在印度,每天乘坐火车的人次超过两千万。