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More than 260 dead after India train crash


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At least 261 people have been killed and 650 are injured in a crash involving three trains in India's eastern Odisha state, officials say.

One passenger train derailed and its coaches fell on to the adjacent track where they were struck by an incoming train on Friday evening. A freight train was stationary.

The death toll is expected to rise, as many are still trapped in the wreckage.


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That is an incredible death toll. It is going to end up the equivalent of two or three airliners. The poor people.

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

India train disaster: signal fault blamed as wreckage cleared from track

India’s railways minister has said the train derailment that killed at least 275 people and injured hundreds more was caused by an error in electronic signals that sent a train on to the wrong tracks.

Ashwini Vaishnaw’s explanation on Sunday came as authorities worked to clear the mangled wreckage of two passenger trains that derailed on Friday night in eastern India, in one of the country’s deadliest rail accidents in decades.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that preliminary investigations revealed that a signal was given to the train to enter the main track line but was later taken off. The train entered another line, known as the loop line, and crashed into a goods train parked there.

“’Who has done it and what is the reason will come out of an investigation,” Ashwini Vaishnaw said in an interview with New Delhi Television network.


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