Passenger Train Derails In Northern India, At Least Three Dead, Nine Injured

Thirteen coaches of an express train derailed in northern India early Friday throwing sleeping passengers from their seats in a new disaster that left three dead and nine injured.

The train was heading for the Bihar state capital of Patna when the accident took place at 4:15 am when most travelers were asleep.

Local television footage showed emergency workers clearing the site and upturned coaches near the tracks.

Traffic on the main rail link was disrupted for several hours.

The accident is the latest disaster to hit India’s creaking railways.

India’s railway network is the main form of long-distance travel, but is poorly funded, and deadly accidents often occur.

Four people were killed on Thursday when a train hit their vehicle at an unmanned railway crossing near Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh capital.

The latest accident happened on the first anniversary of a derailment in the same state in which 146 people died.

Twenty-three passengers were killed in August after several coaches of an express train derailed and crashed into a college building in Uttar Pradesh.

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