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Passengers killed in India train accident

At least 19 people are killed and more than 100 injured in western Maharashtra state, officials say.

Last updated: 04 May 2014 12:49
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Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world's largest train networks [EPA]

At least 19 people were killed and more than 100 others injured when a passenger train derailed in the western Indian state of Maharstra, according to reports.

The engine and four coaches of Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train jumped the tracks near Roha station, 110km south of the financial hub of Mumbai, said police officer Ankush Shinde on Sunday.

According to the Associated Press news agency, the rescuers used gas cutters to open the derailed coaches to reach those trapped inside.

Big cranes were deployed to remove these coaches from the rail track, Shinde said.

Two of the derailed coaches tilted on one side, said railway spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena.

Shinde said the injured passengers, some of them in serious condition, were taken to a nearby hospital.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Train movement in the area was suspended as the derailed coaches and the rescue operation blocked an adjacent track as well.

Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world's largest train networks and serves 20 million passengers a day.

Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

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