PATNA, India (AP) — A speeding train ran over pilgrims crossing railroad tracks in eastern India, killing at least 20 people, and an angry mob beat up the driver after the accident early Monday, officials said.
The pilgrims were crossing the rail tracks at the station in Dhamara Ghat, a small town in Bihar state, when they were struck by the Rajya Rani Express train, said Dinesh Chandra Yadav, a local member of parliament. Several other people were injured.
Monday was the last day of monthlong prayer ceremonies at the Katyayani temple near Dhamara Ghat and the pilgrims were returning from offering morning prayers.
Angry mobs pulled out the train driver and beat him up.
Yadav said the driver died, but Arunendra Kumar, a top railway official, said the driver was in hospital in a critical condition.
The agitated mob then got all the passengers out of the train and set some coaches on fire. Groups of young men also smashed the window panes of two other trains that were in the station.