Passenger train derails in India, killing at least 23

Passenger train derails in India, killing at least 23

Passenger train derails in India, killing at least 23

A train has derailed in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 100 as carriages slammed into each other, the local chief medical officer says.

The accident happened in the town of Khatauli whilst the Kalinga-Utkal Express was travelling from the eastern city of Puri to Haridwar city in the north of the country.

State official Arvind Kumar said two of the coaches had telescoped into one another, while four others toppled onto their sides. The injured were taken to a local hospital, where doctors said their conditions were stable.

"Rescue and relief operations are continuing", G S Priyadarshi, Muzaffarnagar district magistrate, told the AFP news agency.

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Cranes lifted derailed coaches and gas cutters were used to reach people feared to be trapped, the IANS news agency reported.

Officials said they were not in a position to confirm the number of deaths.

Photographs and television footage showed twisted and upended coaches lying sideways as hundreds of people try to pull the passengers out.

Train accidents are common in India, where more than 22 million passengers use the rail system daily. It comes just a week after dozens of children died at a hospital that had run out of oxygen there.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a message on Twitter saying he was pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express, offering condolences to families of those killed and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

Less than a year ago 146 people died in a similar disaster in Uttar Pradesh.

A derailed coach has hit a nearby house.

"Many people are injured and trapped inside".

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