The death toll in a collision between an express train and a goods train in northern India is thought likely to
increase according to press reports from India.
photo: The Hindu
Wrecked coaches of the Grand Trunk Express
Seventeen people were killed and more than two hundred injured when an express train collided with a derailed goods train near the northern city of Agra on India's Central Railway.
The accident occurred at around 0215 (local time) on 16 July between Mathura and Agra. The freight train, carrying grain was heading for Agra when it became derailed just minutes before the passenger train was due. A number of wagons were were left obstructing the opposite line on which the approaching Madras to New Delhi 'Grand Trunk Express' was travelling. The passenger train struck struck the goods wagons at a speed of around 110 km/h.
Damage to the passenger train was severe. The first three carriages were completely destroyed and seven others left the rails. The majority of the dead were travelling in the first carriage.
Agra, in Uttar Pradesh state is the site of the Taj Mahal and is about 160 km (100 miles) from the country's capital New Delhi.
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