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Twenty three die and 156 injured in another Indian train disaster

Indian officials began investigating on Sunday a train crash in which 23 people were killed, the fourth major accident over the past year on the world’s fourth-biggest rail network.

Emergency crews searched mangled carriages for any further victims after a train crash in northern India. Fourteen carriages came off the tracks in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh state, 130 kilometres (80 miles) from New Delhi, on Saturday evening. The coaches were left in a mangled heap after the express train derailed at 100 kilometres per hour, crashing into nearby houses and a college.

Rescuers used gas-powered saws and hydraulic tools to pull apart the tangled metal and search the wreckage. Sniffer dogs were also used to find victims trapped in the wreckage.

The cause of the accident was not known and the driver of the train would be one of the first people to be questioned, criminal investigators were also probing whether sabotage was involved.

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