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Central India train crash kills 13

Bhopal, September 20, 2010

A passenger train crashed into a goods train in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh early on Monday, killing at least 13 people and injuring 50, an official said.

The intercity express collided with the goods train near Badarwas station, about 260 km (160 miles) north of Bhopal, the state capital.   

'We have taken 13 bodies out so far. The injured are being treated in hospitals,' said Dhanshyam Singh, a senior railways official.   

Singh said a probe has been ordered to determine how both trains ended up in the same track.

In July, at least 60 people were killed in eastern India after one train crashed into another waiting at a station in West Bengal.   

With a 63,327-km (39,350-mile) network, the railways play a key role, transporting more than 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight daily. But the system is plagued by overcrowding and outdated technology, such as signalling systems. - Reuters




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