Passenger Train Derails In North India; Kills 22, Injures 50

20/03/2015 12:01 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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An Indian ragpicker waits for a train to pass by as he tries to cross railway tracks in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. India on Thursday is expected to table the 2015 budget for the national railways system, which is one of the world's largest and serves more than 23 million passengers a day. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

LUCKNOW — A passenger train derailed Friday in northern India, killing 22 people and injuring at least 50 others, reports NDTV.

Three coaches of the train jumped the tracks early Friday near Bachhrawan village in Uttar Pradesh state, said Manoj Sinha, the junior minister for railways.

Villagers, police and railway security guards were trying to rescue passengers trapped in the crashed coaches. Six bodies had been pulled out, but several others were feared trapped in the wreckage.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Train accidents are common in India. The country's railroad network is one of the world's largest and carries more than 23 million passengers each day. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

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