Following is the chronology of major train accidents in the country since 2000:

Dec 3, 2000: Forty-six people were killed and over 130 injured as the Howrah-Amritsar Mail rammed into a derailed goods train between Sarai Banjara and Sadhugarh in Punjab.

June 22, 2001: Forty people were killed when the Mangalore-Chennai Mail fell into Kadalundi river near Kozhikode in Kerala.

January 5, 2002: 21 people were killed and 41 injured when the Secundarabad-Manmad Express train rammed into a stationary goods train at Ghatnandur station in Maharashtra.

May 12, 2002: Twelve people were killed when the New Delhi-Patna Shramjeevi Express derailed in Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.

June 4, 2002: Thirty-four were killed when the Kasgunj Express rammed into a bus at a rail crossing.

Sept 9, 2002: 100 passengers were killed and 150 hurt when a bogie of Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express plunged into Dhave river in Bihar's Aurangabad district.

Sept 10, 2002: 120 were killed when the Kolkata-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed over a bridge in Bihar.

May 15, 2003: Thirty eight passengers were killed and 13 injured when three coaches of the Amritsar-bound Frontier Mail caught fire.

June 22, 2003: 53 were killed and 25 injured when the Karwar-Mumbai Central Holiday Special train derailed after crossing Vaibhavwadi Station in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra. July 2, 2003: A train engine and two adjoining coaches fell off a bridge in Warangal, killing 18 people.

February 27, 2004: 30 people were killed when the Guwahati-bound Kanchenjunga Express rammed into a truck at an unmanned level-crossing in West Bengal's Dinajpur district.

December 15, 2004: 34 people, including 11 women, died and nearly 50 injured when the Ahmedabad-bound Jammu Tawi Express collided head-on with a local train, about 40 km from Jalandhar, in Punjab.

November 9, 2006: Nearly 40 died and 15 injured in a West Bengal rail accident.

December 1, 2006: A portion of 150-year-old bridge, which was being dismantled, collapsed over a passing train in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, killing 35 and injuring 17.

November 14, 2009: The Delhi-bound Mandore Express derailed with some portion of the track piercing its AC compartment, leaving seven passengers dead and over 60 injured in Bassi town near Jaipur.

October 21, 2009: Twenty-two people were killed and 26 injured when the Goa Express rammed into the Mewar Express at Banjana on the Mathura-Vrindavan section of the Northern Railway in Uttar Pradesh.

May 28, 2010 - The Howrah-Kurla Jyaneshwari Express was derailed by Naxals in West Midnapore district killing at least 148 people.

July 19, 2010 - The speeding Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express rammed into the Vanachal Express at Sainthia station in West Bengal's Birbhum district killing at least 60 people.

April 18, 2011 - Hundreds of passengers on board the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express had a miraculous escape when fire broke out in three coaches and the pantry car as the train was passing through Rajasthan.

(Agencies)