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Dozens hurt as train derails in India

Gauhati, India - A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, injuring dozens of passengers.

Indian policemen stand by a train that derailed near Jagiroad Railway Station, about 90 kilometres east of Gauhati, India. Picture: Anupam Nath. Credit: AP

The engine and nine of the train's 13 coaches jumped the track near the Jagiroad station, about 140 kilometres east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, state-owned Indian Railways said in a statement.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Six of the injured passengers were hospitalised, while 36 others suffered minor injuries and were allowed to go home after receiving medical attention, the statement said, adding that 170 passengers escaped unharmed.

Following the derailment, several trains in the region were cancelled, with about 100 meters of track damaged, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world's largest train networks and serves 20 million passengers a day. - Sapa-AP

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