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World Briefing / India

15 killed as train derails in Orissa

February 15, 2009|Times Wire Reports

At least 15 people were killed and more than 160 injured when a train derailed in eastern India, an official said.

Sixteen cars of a train on its way from Kolkata to Chennai left the tracks in Orissa state near the town of Jajpur, said J.P. Mishra, a spokesman for the East Coast Railway.

Forty people were hospitalized in serious condition, but their injuries were not life-threatening, he said.

Accidents are common on India's sprawling rail network, one of the world's largest, with most accidents blamed on poor maintenance.

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