On Thrsday night at least 25 people injured when eight carriages of a passenger train derailed in northern India, a railway ministry spokesman said, the latest in a series of incidents involving the world’s fourth-largest rail network.
The Mahakoshal Express was travelling from Jabalpur city in central India’s Madhya Pradesh to New Delhi, the capital, when it derailed at about 2 AM in Uttar Pradesh state.
The railways ministry spokesman told that “Rescue operations are underway. We have rushed a disaster management team to the incident spot.”
The cause of derailment is unknown yet and police would investigate whether it was an accident or a planned attack, he said.
In the previous serious accident, 150 people were killed when a train derailed in Uttar Pradesh late last year.
India recorded 27,581 railway deaths in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, with most victims falling from, or being struck by, moving trains.