Poland Train Crash: The Worst Train Accidents in 2012 (PHOTOS)

 
on March 05 2012 6:16 AM
  • Poland Train Crash
    Picture shows the site of trains' crash near the town of Szczechociny March 4, 2012. At least 15 people were killed when two passenger trains collided head-on in southern Poland late on March 3 in one of the country's worst train crashes in more than 20 years. The two trains carrying an estimated 350 passengers were heading in opposite directions on the same track when they crashed at high speed in a rural area near the town of Szczechociny. At least 54 people were injured. REUTERS/Peter Andrews
  • Argentina Train Crash
    A commuter train that crashed into the Once train station at rush hour when its brakes failed, is seen in Buenos Aires Feb. 22, 2012. A packed commuter train plowed into the buffers at a Buenos Aires station during morning rush hour, killing 49 people and injuring more than 600 in Argentina's worst rail accident in more than 30 years, officials said. The accident sparked protest against the country's dilapidated and overcrowded rail services. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
  • Norway's Derailment
    The wreckage of a train is pictured following a derailment near Holmestrand, some 80 km (50 miles) south of Oslo Feb. 15, 2012. The brand new Stadler FLIRT train, carrying five employees of Norwegian Railroad derailed during a test drive. Four people were injured and one person was hospitalized. REUTERS/Scanpix Norway
  • Burlington, Canada
    Workers are seen on the tracks in front of VIA Rail passenger train that derailed in Burlington, Feb. 27, 2012. A passenger train derailed near Burlington in southern Ontario on Sunday, killing at least three people, according to the train operator VIA Rail. There were 75 passengers on board the train at the time of the accident. At least three passengers were killed and several injuries were reported. The six-carriage train, which was travelling from Niagara Falls, Ontario, to Toronto, derailed at 1530 EST (2030 GMT), Feb. 26. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
  • India's Derailment
    Onlookers and rescue workers gather around the derailed coaches of a passenger train in Bangapara village near the northeastern city of Guwahati Feb. 3, 2012. At least three people were killed and dozens injured in a train accident seven coaches of a passenger train derailed after colliding with an excavator at an unmanned crossing in the Kamrup district of India's northeastern state of Assam. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah
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In one of the worst train crashes in Poland in more than 20 years, two passenger trains moving at high speeds on the same track in opposite directions collided head-on near the town of Szczechociny Saturday (March 3), killing 15 people and injuring 54.

This was not the first rail accident in 2012. The year so far witnessed a number of rail accidents which claimed dozens of lives and injured hundreds of people.

The slideshow here presents the worst rail accidents in the year.

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