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Indian Police Investigate Train Derailment that Killed 23 People

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Railway police and local volunteers look for survivors in the upturned coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express after an accident near Khatauli, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Aug. 19, 2017.

Police in India are investigating a passenger train derailment that killed 23 people Saturday.

Officials say at least six coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express derailed and hit each other in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

A volunteer breaks the glass of a train compartment window to rescue passengers trapped after an accident near Khatauli, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Aug. 19, 2017.
A volunteer breaks the glass of a train compartment window to rescue passengers trapped after an accident near Khatauli, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Aug. 19, 2017.

Railway spokesman Neeraj Sharma said the cause of the accident was not immediately known.


Local volunteers helped police free passengers who were trapped in the wreckage. Doctors at a local hospital say most of the injured are in stable condition.

The Kalinga-Utkal Express connects the northern Hindu holy city of Haridwar with the temple town of Puri in eastern India.

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