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9/11/2002 1:47:00 AM

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A luxury Delhi-bound passenger train from Calcutta derailed on a bridge in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, leaving at least 80 people dead and at least 180 injured.

The Rajdhani Express jumped the tracks while traveling at around 130 km/h (80mph). One of the carriages plunged 90 meters from the bridge into the River Dhavi.

Initial investigations have led some to suspect the incident to be sabotage. Railways Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, convinced that it was foul play, stated that iron girders and rails on the bridge had been removed.

Other officials cautioned that it was too soon to draw conclusions, as recent heavy rains battered the bridge, which could have weakened it.

More than 300 survivors have been sent to Delhi and Calcutta in special trains.

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