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Dozens killed in India train crash

At least 40 people died when a passenger train derailed in northern India.
By Kate Stanton   |   May 26, 2014 at 9:01 PM   |   Comments

NEW DELHI, May 26 (UPI) -- A Gorakhpur Express passenger train traveling through the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh derailed and crashed into a parked freight train on Monday, killing at least 40 and injuring 150 more.

Railway spokesman Alok Singh told CNN that six cars had slammed into the stationary freight train.

Officials also said the train's driver and assistant driver had been critically injured in the accident.

Narendra Modi, India's newly sworn-in prime minister, offered his condolences in a tweet.

"My condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the Gorakhdham express tragedy. Prayers with the injured," he wrote.

"Spoke to the Cabinet Secretary. Asked him to take an overview of the situation & ensure timely assistance to those injured," he added.

India has one of the world's largest railroad networks, carrying 18 million passengers per day.

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