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91 dead, 100 injured as train derails in India

November 20, 2016, 9:21 UTC+3
At least 91 people are dead and more than 100 have been injured after the Indore-Patna Express train derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh
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MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. At least 91 people are dead and more than 100 have been injured after the Indore-Patna Express train derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning, toppling most of the coaches, India’s NDTV reported on Sunday.

"The incident took place at around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur, at a time when most of the passengers were asleep. Television images showed several severely mangled coaches piled up against each other."

"Heavy machinery including gas cutters are being used to rescue trapped passengers. "It is a delicate situation," said Daljeet Singh Choudhary, a senior police officer. Most of the deaths have been reported in two coaches that were severely damaged, officials said," the television channel said. Cause of the accident is not known yet.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi twitted: "Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families."

Head of the Consular Department at the Russian Embassy in India Mikhail Vorobyev said the diplomats were checking whether Russian national had been on the train.

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