10 Jul '11, 4pm

At least 35 dead, 100 hurt as train derails in India

At least 35 dead, 100 hurt as train derails in India

LUCKNOW, India: A packed passenger train travelling at full speed derailed in northern India on Sunday, killing at least 35 people and leaving up to 100 injured after carriages were thrown off the tracks. Some of the 15 derailed carriages were left stacked on top of each other, as rescue teams worked to free people trapped inside the train in Uttar Pradesh state, 150 kilometres (95 miles) south of Lucknow city. "At least 35 people are dead and 100 injured are being treated at the scene and in hospital," K.N. Joshi, the local district chief medical officer, told AFP. "I have seen a number of people still lying inside the coaches." The Press Trust of India news agency said the driver was among the injured and that local people had rushed to the crash site to help pull victims from the wreckage of twisted metal. The train, carrying about 1,000 people, was moving at near its t...

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