At least 63 dead, over 120 injured after train derails in northern India

Police in northern India say 14 coaches of a passenger train have rolled off the track, killing at least 63 people and injuring more than 120.

Daljeet Chaudhary, a director general of police, says railway police pulled out bodies from the mangled coaches that fell on the side after the train derailed around 3:10 a.m. Sunday.

The Patna-Indore Express train derailed at Purwa, a village near the industrial town of Kanpur. Some coaches crumpled as they crashed into others, trapping hundreds of people inside.

Inspector Anand Mishra said medical teams are providing first aid near the site while the more seriously injured have been moved to hospitals in Kanpur.

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The Patna-Indore Express train derailed in Purwa, a village near the industrial town of Kanpur early Sunday. (Google Maps/CBC)

It is not immediately clear was caused the coaches to derail.

Train accidents are common in India, with most accidents occurring due to human error or aging equipment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted his condolences on Twitter, where he said he was praying and thinking about the ”bereaved families.”

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