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Seven killed in train accident in India’s Bihar state

New Dehli: At least seven passengers have been killed and several others injured when a New Delhi-bound train derailed in India’s eastern state of Bihar.

Eleven coaches of the Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg railway station, about 50 km from the state capital Patna, early on Sunday morning.

Most of the travellers were asleep when the train, travelling at 55 kilometres per hour, derailed at around 4am.

According to a statement released by Indian Railways, a “rail fracture” caused the accident.

Local media reported that cash compensation of 500,000 rupees (almost $7,000) would be paid to the relatives of those killed, local media reported.

India’s state railways, largely built during colonial rule, is the main form of long-distance transportation for its 23 million passengers.