Eight killed as train hits car in Bihar

 At least eight people were killed and 12 severely injured Saturday when a train hit a car in Bihar`s Nalanda district, police said.

IANS| Updated: Feb 21, 2015, 22:14 PM IST

Patna: At least eight people were killed and 12 severely injured Saturday when a train hit a car in Bihar`s Nalanda district, police said.

The accident took place at an unmanned level crossing near Tungi village, about 100 km from Patna.

The victims were returning to their village after attending a wedding. The car was hit by the local passenger train, police said.

"Eight people were killed on the spot and 12 seriously injured. The injured were admitted to a government hospital," a police official said.

There were 20 people in the car and all of them were from one extended family.

Rail traffic was disrupted for a few hours after the accident.

There are 1,127 unmanned railway crossings in five divisions of the East Central Railway in Bihar and Jharkhand, a railway official said.

Thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles cross unmanned crossings every day, risking their lives.