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May 26, 2014 4:54 AM by Associated Press

Train Accident Kills at Least 20 in North India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) - An express train slammed into a parked freight train on Monday, killing at least 20 people in northern India, officials said.

The collision caused six cars of the Gorakhpur Express passenger train to derail in an eastern district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Railway Ministry spokesman Anil Saksena said.

At least 20 people were killed, District Magistrate Bharat Lal said. Rescuers were working to free people trapped under toppled cars and broken metal debris.

Accidents are common on India's railroad network, one of the world's largest, with 23 million passengers daily riding on about 11,000 passenger trains. Most collisions and fires are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

Earlier this month, a train crashed into a jeep on an unmanned railroad crossing in Uttar Pradesh, killing 13 members of a wedding party. Four days earlier, the derailment of a passenger train killed at least 19 people just south of Mumbai, and another derailed train last month left dozens injured in the northeast state of Assam.

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