20th August 01:45 AM
India train crash leaves 23 dead
By Lena Reece
Sunday 20/08/2017

At least 23 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a train derailed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Police said that at least eight carriages jumped the tracks near Muza-ffar-nagar, about 130km north of the capital Delhi.

The cause of the crash is not yet clear.

Rescuers worked into the night to find survivors. TV footage showed carriages piled on top of one another.

The train had been travelling to the Hindu holy city of Harid-war, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to families of the victims and pledged all possible assistance.

Train accidents are fairly common in India. The railway system carries more than 22 million passengers a day and much of the equipment is out of date.

An accident in Uttar Pradesh last November killed 150 people and another in the same state a year before killed 39.

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