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Bhopal: A crowded train sped through a railway station in
central India, jumped the tracks and crashed into a signal cabin,
killing 16 passengers and injuring 100, authorities said.
The death toll was likely to rise as many passengers remained
trapped inside the carriages and 40 of the injured were in a
critical condition, they said.
Police said six coaches of the express train left the rails
yesterday near the town of Datia in Madhya Pradesh, 400 kilometres
north of the state capital, Bhopal.
They said rescue teams had reached the site and were removing
passengers from the wreckage. An officer said the train had been
due to stop at the station but sped through and jumped the tracks
in an area where coaches were serviced and cleaned. "We suspect the
brakes of the train failed," he said.
The impact left coaches piled one on top of one another. "We
have people trapped in the bogies. They [rescue teams] are cutting
into the bogies and we will see how many people are trapped
inside," a local official said.
"The train's speed limit was supposed to be 15 [kmh] but as far
as I have been able to find out, it was going at 90 at the
station," India's Rail Minister, Lalu Prasad Yadav, said in New
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