World's deadliest rail accidents

Published On: Jul 25 2013 11:34:35 AM CDT   Updated On: Feb 17 2015 10:23:52 AM CST

A train hauling crude oil derailed and exploded in West Virginia Monday, displacing up to 1,000 residents and contaminating the local water supply. Nobody died in that derailment, but take a look at the world's deadliest rail accidents.

Rail Accidents - Sri Lanka
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1. Peraliya (Sri Lanka, 2004) -- More than 1,700 people died when an overcrowded train was swept up by waves from the tsunami caused by the catastrophic 2004 earthquake in the Indian Ocean.

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