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Train collision kills 22, hurts 16

October 22, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A passenger train in northern India crashed into another train's rear carriage reserved for women and disabled passengers, killing 22 people and injuring 16 who remained trapped for hours near Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal, police said.

Rescuers had to cut open the wrecked compartment to free trapped passengers after the crash, about 130 miles southeast of New Delhi, said Rajesh Bajpai, a railway spokesman.

Rescuers recovered 19 bodies during an operation that lasted nearly seven hours, said Rajesh Dikshit, a police spokesman. Three of the injured people died at a hospital, police said.

The two trains were heading to New Delhi from southern India.

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