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Train derails in northern India, 25 injured

Friday, 31 March 2017

NEW DELHI: At least 25 people were injured when 8 carriages of a passenger train derailed in northern India, a railway ministry spokesman said, the latest in a se­ries of incidents involving the world’s fourth-largest rail network.

The Mahakoshal Express was travelling from Jabalpur city in central India’s Madhya Pradesh to the capital, New Delhi, when it derailed at about 2am in Uttar Pradesh state. The cause of the derailment yesterday has not been determined yet and police were investigating whe­ther it was an accident or a planned attack, he said.

India’s state railways, built du­ring British colonial rule, have an appal­ling safety record after decades of underinvestment and a priority on keeping fares low for the 23 million passengers who use the network every day.

India recorded 27,581 railway deaths in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, with most victims falling from, or being struck by, moving trains.

Source by: Internet

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