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30 killed, 100 injured as train derailed in India

At least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured on Saturday night a passenger train derailed in eastern India.

The express train going to Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur derailed near Kuneri station, in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

A police official said that nine bogies were derailed of which three have turned and fallen off the track.  No evidence of sabotage has been detected.

 Rescue operations were under way and coaches that had not derailed had been towed from the scene.

India’s state railways, built during British colonial rule, have an appalling safety record – the result of decades of underinvestment and a priority on keeping fares low for the 23 million passengers who use the network every day.

In the last serious accident, 150 people died when a train derailed late last year in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. India recorded 27,581 railway deaths in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, with most victims falling from, or being struck by, moving trains.