At least 36 people were killed and 50 others injured after a passenger train derailed in southern India.
Officials were investigating whether Maoist rebels had tampered with the track, after eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar express crashed at around 11:00 pm on Saturday.
Nearly 100 rescue workers rushed to the site to cut open the mangled coaches near the Kuneru railway station in the Vizianagram district of Andhra Pradesh state.
‘Nine bogies were derailed of which three have turned and fallen off the track,’ said local Superintendent of Police LKV Ranga Rao.
‘Most of the casualties and deaths are from the three sleeper-class compartments.’
‘Anguished to learn about the train accident near Vizianagaram,’ Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on Twitter.
‘The death toll has gone up to 36. It is a possibility that it may rise further,’ said Anil Kumar Saxena, national railway spokesman.
Another railways official J.P. Mishra earlier said some 50 injured have been moved to nearby hospitals.
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