Train accident in India killed dozens of people

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Twelve people were killed and more than 150 others injured after a passenger train derailed on Saturday in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Indian rescue workers and officials are watched by bystanders as they inspect derailed coaches of The Mahakaushal Express Train at Mahoba some 140kms southwest of Kanpur on March 30, 2017.

Anil Saxena, a spokesman for the railways, said it was too early to speculate about the causes of Saturday's crash.

"The injured were taken to local medical facility and nearest hospitals", Rupesh Kumar, a local, said.

The train had been travelling to the Hindu holy city of Haridwar, in the foothills of the Himalayas, from Puri, in eastern Odisha state. The rescue operation is underway.

Television footage showed several mangled carriages piled up on each other while people looked for wounded in a crowd of people as night fell.

"Scores of people have been safely evacuated from the coaches".

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"Ten people have died and dozens have been injured".

"There are certainly casualties but right now the focus is on evacuation", senior police officer Jitender Kumar told AFP by phone from the accident site.

The national authorities have sent disaster teams to help.

Train accidents are common in India, where more than 22 million passengers use the rail system daily.

Six coaches of the train came off the tracks in the northern Uttar Pradesh state, near the town of Khatuli.

In the past year 146 people died in a similar disaster in Uttar Pradesh.

The Indian government in 2015 announced an investment of over 137 billion US dollars over a period of five years to boost railways and modernise it on new lines.

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