A train crash killed 260 people (FULL STORY)

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A catastrophe involving three trains in India’s eastern Odisha state has killed at least 261 people and injured 1,000 more.

On Friday, one passenger train derailed onto the adjacent track and was hit by an approaching train, which also struck a nearby parked freight train.

After hundreds of emergency workers scoured the wreckage, a large recovery operation is underway.

The cause of India’s worst railway catastrophe this century is unknown.

According to officials, some carriages from the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed about 19:00 (13:30 GMT) in the Balasore area, colliding with a halted goods train and landing on the opposite track.

The upturned cars were subsequently hit by another train, the Howrah Superfast Express, which was traveling from Yesvantpur to Howrah.

“The force with which the trains collided has resulted in several coaches being crushed and mangled,” said Atul Karwal, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), according to ANI news agency.

More to come…

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