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56 people killed as trains collide in east India


CALCUTTA, India (AP) -- The railway minister is raising the possibility of foul play in the deadly collision of two trains in eastern India.

A speeding express train collided with a passenger train at a station early Monday, mangling the carriages and killing at least 56 people.

The railway minister raised the possibility the crash could have been another case of sabotage, two months after Maoist rebels were blamed for a derailment that killed 145 people.

The early morning collision about 125 miles north of Calcutta destroyed two passenger cars and a luggage car. The passenger cars were reserved for those on the cheapest tickets and such carriages are usually packed to capacity.

The force of the crash threw the roof of one car onto an overpass.

The disaster was the second major train crash in the state of West Bengal in the past two months.

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