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India train derailment: Two British tourists feared dead in incident

Published 12/09/2015

Two British tourists feared dead in train derailment in India
Two British tourists feared dead in train derailment in India

The Foreign Office is "urgently" looking into reports that two Britons were killed after a train derailed in northern India.

A spokesman said: "Following a train crash in Haryana, we are urgently looking into reports of British nationals affected and stand ready to provide consular support."

The train was travelling to the Indian Himalayan town of Shimla when it derailed.

Police and rescuers helped pull out dozens of passengers from the carriages that fell on their side near Gulbarga, in Karnataka state, after the train derailed at about 2.15am local time, Indian railway spokesman Anil Saksena said.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Gulbarga, which is about 370 miles north of India's technology hub of Bangalore.

The cause of the derailment is not yet known.

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