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Over 100 are killed after India train derailment

By Rajesh Kumar Singh

At least 115 people have been killed and about 150 injured, 72 of them seriously, when an overnight passenger train derailed in northern India.

Rescue workers had to use cutting torches to pull people out of the mangled coaches after the incident near Kanpur.

The death toll was expected to rise last night, as workers had yet to gain access to one of the worst-damaged of the 14 coaches that came off the track, police said.

The train derailed at around 3.10am on Sunday, jolting awake passengers after they had settled in for the long trip. Survivors and bodies were retrieved from mangled coaches that had fallen on their side.

Ramchandra Tewari, a passenger who suffered a head injury, said he was asleep when he was suddenly flung to the floor of his coach.

"There was a loud sound like an earthquake. I fell from my berth and a lot of luggage fell over me," said Mr Tewari from his hospital bed.

"I thought I was dead, and then I passed out."

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