India train crash kills 32
January 22nd, 2017 at 12:38 pm
India train crash kills 32

International desk – At least 32 people have been killed and many others injured after a train derailed in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Indian newspapers reported quoting officials.

The incident took place around 11 PM when the train was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur.

The engine and nine coaches of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed near Kuneru station Vizianagaram district, Times of India reported.

It said the train had 22 coaches.

Head of East Coast Railway JP Mishra said many people were still trapped in the wreckage and rescuers warn that the death toll could rise.

It is not yet clear what caused the train to derail.

Mishra said the injured had been taken to two nearby hospitals.

The crash happened on Saturday evening as the train was on its way from Jagdalpur to Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state.

Train accidents are not unusual in India where much of the railway equipment is out of date.

Last November, more than 140 people were killed in a derailment in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state.

In March 2015 another accident in Uttar Pradesh killed 39 people and injured 150.