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India train derails, 42 injured


Accident: Derailed coaches of a passenger train in Khatauli, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday (August 20)
Accident: Derailed coaches of a passenger train in Khatauli, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday (August 20)

AT LEAST 42 passengers were injured today after several cars of an express train derailed in northern India, police said, four days after another rail accident killed 23 people in the country.

The train crashed into a truck in Uttar Pradesh state before dawn, causing 12 carriages to flip over, Indian Railways spokesman Anil Saxena said.

“We have rushed emergency teams for rescue and relief operations and all the injured have been taken to hospital,” Saxena said.

District police chief Sanjeev Tyagi said from the scene of the accident that “around 42 people were injured in the accident, most of them with simple injuries.”

The accident is the second to hit India’s most populous state in less than a week after a high-speed train derailed and crashed into residential buildings last Saturday (19), killing 23 people and injuring 150 others.

India’s railway network is the world’s fourth largest by distance and remains the main form of travel in the vast country, with 22 million passengers commuting daily.