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Saturday 23 September 2017

Eight killed by Indian train

The victims were crossing the tracks on foot when they were hit by the train
The victims were crossing the tracks on foot when they were hit by the train

A train has struck and killed eight people in southern India.

The victims were crossing the tracks on foot when they were hit by the train, said M Kiran Kumar, the top elected official of Andhra Pradesh state.

The victims had got off another train that they had stopped by pulling the emergency chain, fearing a fire in their coach. As their train came to a halt, they jumped on to the adjacent track and were struck by a train coming from the opposite direction.

The accident happened in Vijainagaram district, about 500 miles north-east of Hyderabad, the state capital.

Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world's largest networks and serves more than 18.5 million passengers a day. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

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