Train derails killing at least 23
LUCKNOW, India (AP):
There was widespread mourning across sections of India yesterday after six coaches of a passenger train derailed killing 23 people and injuring at least 81, officials said.
Two of the coaches telescoped into each other, while four others toppled over after going off the track, said a top official in Uttar Pradesh, the state where the derailment occurred.
A railway spokesman, said the incident took place near the small town of Khatauli. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.
Railway police and local volunteers helped pull passengers out of the upturned coaches of the train which connects the Hindu holy city of Haridwar with the temple town of Puri, in the eastern state of Orissa.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital where doctors described their condition as stable.