World's deadliest rail accidents

Published On: Jul 25 2013 11:34:35 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2014 10:02:59 AM CDT

The driver of a commuter train that jumped off the track and barreled up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport earlier this week admitted she had "dozed off" before the accident. 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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