Third Indian train derails in 10 days

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NEW DELHI: An express train derailed in India on Tuesday, the third accident to hit the country’s ageing railways in 10 days.

Rescue teams were rushed to the scene but there were no reports of casualties after the seven carriages came off the tracks near Asangaon in the western state of Maharashtra.

“There are no injuries to passengers. We are arranging buses to bring passengers to destination,” Indian Railways tweeted.

The accident comes days after around 40 passengers were injured in northern Uttar Pradesh state when a passenger train crashed into a truck.

Days before, 23 passengers were killed when a train derailed in the same state.

The head of India’s railways stepped down last week in the wake of those accidents and the railways minister has also offered his resignation.

India’s rail network is the world’s fourth largest by distance and remains the main form of travel in the vast country, with 22 million passengers commuting daily.

But it is poorly funded and deadly accidents occur frequently, with experts blaming under-investment and poor safety standards. –AFP

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Story first published: 29th August 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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