At least 13 people were killed, and fifty others were injured in a collision between two trains in Southeast India on Sunday evening, according to a toll released by local authorities.
The accident occurred between the cities of Alamanda and Kantakapalli in the state of Andhra Pradesh after a passenger train crossed the signal.
Local official Nagalakshmi ES told reporters, “13 passengers have died, and 50 others are injured. Rescue operations are ongoing.”
The Indian Ministry of Railways attributed the accident to “human error,” according to preliminary investigation findings.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his part, tweeted on “Twitter” that he is in contact with the Railway Minister and extended his condolences to the families of the victims, hoping for a speedy recovery for the injured.
Disaster Field India has one of the largest railway networks in the world and has witnessed many disasters over the years. The worst of these accidents was in 1981 when a train derailed while crossing a bridge in Bihar and fell into the river, resulting in the death of 800 to 1,000 people.
In June, a collision between three trains near the town of Palasor in the state of Odisha in eastern India led to the death of around 300 people and the injury of more than a thousand due to a switch system malfunction.
In August, at least nine people died in South India when a fire broke out in a train carriage because a passenger was heating water to prepare tea.