Some deadly train disasters since 1900:

— Dec. 26, 2004: up to 2,000 people die in train in Sri Lanka swamped by the South Asian tsunami.

— June 6, 1981: train crashes after bridge collapses in flash floods during monsoon in Bihar, India, killing more than 800.

— June 3, 1989: explosion of liquefied gas pipeline engulfs two Trans-Siberian Railroad trains parked outside the Central Asian city of Ufa in what was then the Soviet Union; 575 die.

— Dec. 12, 1917: troop train derails near entrance of Mount Cenis tunnel in Modane, France; 543 die.

— March 2, 1944: train stalls in tunnel in Salerno, Italy, suffocating passengers. 521 die.

— Jan. 16, 1944: train crashes in Torro Tunnel in Leon Province, Spain. More than 500 are killed.

— Feb. 20, 2002: overcrowded train en route from Cairo to the southern Egyptian city of Luxor bursts into flames. At least 360 killed.

— Aug. 20, 1995: speeding passenger train crashes into a train that had stalled after hitting a cow in Firozabad, India; 358 killed.

— April 3, 1955: train plunges into a canyon in Guadalajara, Mexico, 300 killed.

— Sept. 22, 1994: faulty brakes cause a train to plunge into a ravine in Tolunda, Angola, killing 300.

— Aug. 2, 1999: two express trains collide head-on in Gauhati, India, killing more than 285.

— Sept. 29, 1957: express train collides with stationary oil train in Montgomery, West Pakistan, killing 250.

— Feb. 1, 1970: express train rams stationary commuter train in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 236.

— May 22, 1915: passenger train collides with troop train in Gretna, Scotland, killing 227.

— Jan. 4, 1990: overcrowded 16-car passenger train collides with standing freight train in Sindh Province, Pakistan. killing more than 210.

— Oct. 6, 1972: train carrying religious pilgrims derails and catches fire in Saltillo, Mexico, killing 208.

— Oct. 22, 1949: Danzig-Warsaw express derails in Poland; more than 200 killed.

— Feb. 18, 2004: runaway train cars carrying fuel and industrial chemicals derail, setting off explosions that destroy five villages in Neyshabur, Iran; at least 200 killed.

— Nov. 9, 1963: crash involving a freight train and two passenger trains in Tsurumi, outside Tokyo, kills 161.

— April 22, 2004: two trains collide and explode in a North Korea train station near the Chinese border, killing at least 161 and destroying thousands of homes.

— May 3, 1962: 160 people killed in a three-train collision north of Tokyo.