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Ten killed in India train collision

A passenger train travelling through southern India collided with another which had stopped at a signal, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more.

Shalendra Babu, a senior police official, said five carriages derailed in the accident, about 50 miles south west of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.

The death toll stood at 10, police official KM Babu said. Another 52 people were injured, he added.

S Nagarajan, the district administrator, said rain initially hampered rescue efforts but all the injured had been moved to hospitals.

The cause of the accident was being investigated, said railways minister Dinesh Trivedi.

India's rail network is one of the largest in the world and carries about 14 million passengers each day.

Accidents are common, with most blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

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