New Delhi: Two passengers were killed and fifty others injured when a train derailed at Sitheri near Arakkonam on Wednesday morning. Nine coaches of the Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur Express bound for Yesvantpur derailed at about 0550 hours.

The train accident in Tamil Nadu is the latest in a series of track tragedies. Following is a chronology of major rail accidents since 2000:

May 31, 2012: At least 7 people were killed after the Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express derailed near Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

May 22, 2012: At least 25 people were killed when the Banglore-bound Hampi Express collided with a stationary goods train in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district.

January 11, 2012: Five people were killed in a collision between the Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail and a stationary goods train.

Nov 22, 2011: Seven people were burnt to death when the Howrah-Dehradun express train caught fire in Giridih in Jharkhand.

July 7, 2011: At least 31 people were killed and 17 injured when a train hit a bus carrying 80 passengers at an unmanned crossing.

May 22, 2011: At least 16 people were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Bihar's Madhubani district.

20 September, 2010: 15 people were killed and 40 injured as a goods train hit the Gwalior Intercity Express at a Badarwaas in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.

17 August, 2010: Four people were killed in a train accident in Faizabad.

19 July, 2010: The speeding Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express rammed into the Vananchal Express at Sainthia station in West Bengal's Birbhum district killing 63 people and injuring 165 others.

May 28, 2010: Gyaneshwari Express was derailed by Naxals killing at least 148 people.

16 January 2010: Three people died and around a dozen were injured when two express trains -- Kalindi Express and Shram Shakti Express -- collided in thick fog in Uttar Pradesh.

2 January 2010: Three accidents involving five trains took place in Uttar Pradesh due to dense fog conditions, killing 15 people.


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 in Bassi town near Jaipur.

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

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

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

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

June 16, 2004:
Mumbai-bound Matsyagandha Express went off the tracks while crossing a bridge in Maharashtra's Raigarh district, nearly 150 km from Mumbai, killing 20 people and injuring over 60.

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

July 2, 2003: At least 22 passengers and motorists were killed in a bizarre but ghastly accident in Andhra Pradesh, when the engine and two coaches of a train fell off a bridge crushing vehicles passing underneath.



July 2, 2003: A train engine and two adjoining coaches fell off a bridge in Warangal, killing 18 people.

June 22, 2003: In the first major accident on the Konkan Railway, 53 people, including three children, are killed and 25 injured when the engine and three coaches of the Karwar-Mumbai Central Holiday Special train derail after crossing Vaibhavwadi station in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra.

May 15, 2003: A burst stove caused a devastating fire that sweeped through a speeding passenger train in Punjab, killing 40 people and injuring more than 50.

January 3, 2003: Eighteen were killed as three coaches of an express train derail in south-central Maharashtra.

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

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

May 12, 2002: Twelve were killed when the New Delhi-Patna Shramjeevi Express derailed while passing over a bridge in Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.

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

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

JPN/Agencies

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