15K Die Annually Crossing Railroad Tracks In India

Published February 21, 2012 10:00AM (EST)

NEW DELHI (AP) — A safety panel says 15,000 people die annually while crossing tracks in India's massive rail network and the country urgently needs to build bridges and overpasses.

India's rail network is the world's fourth largest. Around 6,000 deaths occur on Mumbai's crowded suburban railroads alone.

The government report said, "No civilized society can accept such massacre on their railway system."

The report released over the weekend said most deaths occurred at railroad crossings where there were no overpasses for pedestrians.

The safety committee was set up in September after a spate of accidents. Its report blamed another 1,000 deaths on safety lapses and poor infrastructure.

By Salon Staff

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