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10 killed as train derails in northern India

Other News Materials 10 July 2011 16:52
At least 10 passengers were killed when an express train derailed in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday
10 killed as train derails in northern India

At least 10 passengers were killed when an express train derailed in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, officials said, dpa reported.

Thirteen coaches of the Delhi-bound Howrah-Kalka train running at a speed of 108 kilometres per hour derailed in southern Fatehpur district, Indian Railway spokesman Anil Saxena told reporters.

"Bodies of 10 passengers have been retrieved from inside the train and at least 50 people have been injured in the accident," Saxena said.

Rescue workers were using blowtorches to cut open the wreckage to pull out survivors at the accident scene 120 kilometres south-east of state capital Lucknow.

Local media outlets reported that the death toll was likely to rise even as over 100 people had been injured in the accident.

The Indian Railways - among the world's largest train networks - have a poor safety record with several accidents reported every year.

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