Train derailment kills at least 23, injures 40 in India

India has promised to invest $137 billion over five years to modernise the crumbling railways making them safer faster and more efficientMore

Ten people were killed and dozens injured when an express train derailed in north India on Saturday, August 19, an official 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 accident took place near Khatauli in the state of Uttar Pradesh, about 100km northeast of the national capital, New Delhi.

"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.

There are fears some passengers are caught inside mangled coaches.

The injured were taken to a hospital, where doctors described their condition as stable.

"I am personally monitoring situation".


"We have mobilized all our resources to provide the best relief and rescue operations at this time", Saxena said on Indian television.

Train crashes are frequent in India, which has the world's fourth biggest rail network.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter he was pained by the accident, offered condolences to families of those killed, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

According to a government report of 2012, almost 15,000 people die every year in railway accidents, a heavy balance sheet termed a "massacre" by the authors of the survey. A crash in November in Uttar Pradesh killed 150 people.

Reuters reported in June, citing two government documents, that a planned $15 billion safety overhaul of India's ageing rail network faced delays as the state steel company was unable to meet demands for new rails.

What caused the train to come off the tracks is not yet known.

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