20 killed, 100 injured in train derailment in northern India

08:16, July 11, 2011      

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Photo shows the wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train which derailed near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, July 10, 2011. At least 20 people were killed and 100 others injured. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)


At least 20 people were killed and 100 others injured when a train derailed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, said railway officials.

The mishap happened when 15 bogies, including the engine of New Delhi-Howrah Kalka Mail, derailed near the Malwa railway station in the state's Fatehpur district. At least 100 people have been injured in the mishap after they got trapped in the badly damaged debris of the train.

Local TV channels aired footage of the Indian Army being pressed into rescue and relief operations with medical supplies being rushed to the area. Local people who witnessed the derailment said they saw sparks on the tracks.

The exact cause of the derailment could not be ascertained yet, North Central Railway General Manager HC Joshi told the media.

The train was on its way to New Delhi from Howrah, Kolkata, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

Train mishaps are common in India which has one of the largest railway networks in the world.


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