Trains collide due to heavy fog

The wreckage of a train at the site of an accident in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India. (REUTERS)

At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in three separate accidents involving trains in the fog-bound northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh yesterday, police and railway officials said.

In the first accident, an inter-city express rammed into the back of a stationary passenger train near the town of Sarai Bhupat, 250 kilometres southwest of the state capital Lucknow.

Additional police Director-General Brij Lal said 10 passengers were injured including three whose condition doctors described as "grave".

Ten people were killed in the second accident when two other express trains collided in similar fashion, around 80km southwest of Lucknow, Lal said.

Three of those killed were women, rail officials at the accident site said.

"We have rushed 37 injured passengers to hospitals but the condition of 12 of them is critical," said the senior police officer.

 

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