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At Least 40 Killed in India Train Crash

Indian officials and rescuers stand near the wreckage after the Gorakhpur Express passenger train slammed into a parked freight train Chureb, near Basti, Uttar Pradesh state, May 26, 2014.
Indian officials and rescuers stand near the wreckage after the Gorakhpur Express passenger train slammed into a parked freight train Chureb, near Basti, Uttar Pradesh state, May 26, 2014.
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Railway officials in northern India say a train accident has killed at least 40 people.

Authorities said the Gorakhpur Express passenger train, travelling from Hisar city to Gorakhpur, slammed into a parked freight train at Chureb railway station in Khalilabad in Uttar Pradesh state Monday, killing at least 40 people.
 
Chureb Railway Station, near Khalilibad, IndiaChureb Railway Station, near Khalilibad, India
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Chureb Railway Station, near Khalilibad, India
Chureb Railway Station, near Khalilibad, India

At least 150 people were injured, including the express train's driver and assistant driver, who were in critical condition, said police and railway officials in a Reuters report.

Officials say six of the trains cars were derailed in the crash.

Accidents are common on India's railroad network, one of the world's largest. Most of the accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

Narendra Modi, who was sworn in as India's new prime minister later Monday, sent condolences to the families of the victims.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.
 

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