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Indian train crash kills nearly 20

Death toll expected to rise.
By Matt Bradwell   |   May 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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NEW DELHI, May 4 (UPI) -- At least 19 people are dead and over 100 injured after a passenger train derailed in western India. The five-car train derailed near Roha station, about 70 miles south of Mumbai, suspending rail transport in the area. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue efforts are ongoing. The train was traveling through the western state of Maharashtra when the engine and four cars derailed and jumped the tracks

No information about potential causes of the derailment have been released, but an investigation has been ordered. Accidents of this scale are not uncommon in India as the nation has one of the world's largest train networks, transporting roughly 20 million passengers each day. Local press in Mumbai determined India had 7 "major" train accidents in 2013 alone.

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