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Two Killed, 100 Injured In Train Collision

July 5, 1988

BOMBAY, India (AP) _ A fast-moving express train slammed into another passenger train that had halted in central Bombay, killing at least two people and injuring more than 100, rescuers and hospital officials said today.

Press Trust of India put the death toll at five in the Monday night crash.

The Minar Express stopped shortly after leaving Bombay’s Victoria Terminal when someone pulled an emergency brake cord, staffers at a railroad control room said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Siddeshwar Express, which left Victoria Terminal a few minutes later, crashed into the rear of the stationary train, overturning a sleeper car and another passenger car and derailing a third car.

Firefighters said they recovered two bodies and counted 85 injured people, but a check of several hospitals showed at least 104 had been treated or admitted for injuries suffered in the crash.

At least three were listed in serious condition.

The Minar Express was bound for Secunderabad, while the Siddeshwar Express was headed for Sholapur. Both cities are southeast of Bombay.

Train service in and out of Bombay was delayed today as workmen cleared the tracks.

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