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Kalka train accident kills 2 UK tourists.

TWO UK nationals were killed and nine others injured as a chartered train enroute to Shimla derailed just minutes after departing from Kalka.

The deceased are females in their sixties and have been identified as Loraine Tonner and Joan Nicholas. According to Northern Railway sources, the chartered train had four bogies, of which three derailed near Taksal, located at a distance of 2 kilometre from Kalka.

The incident according to the railway sources took place at 12.55pm when the driver was negotiating a curve.

"The chartered train had a group of 37 UK nationals on board. Two foreigners died on the spot. The condition of one out of the total nine injured, is serious. The injured include three Indians and five foreigners.

They have been shifted to PGI Chandigarh," Inspector General of Police, Railway and Traffic SZH Zaidi said.

Senior officers were rushed to spot and the rescue operation is underway. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

"The patients were in a state of shock. However, one of the woman passengers said that all of them were travelling in a happy mood and talking about their holiday, when she felt a sudden jerk and almost fell out of the window but she was caught by her friend. The coaches derailed after the sudden jerk," sources said.

Earlier on August 18, the famous Shimla rail car had met with an accident near Koti railway station on the same route.

However, no one was injured as the rail car was on a trial run.

The 105- year- old Kalka- Shimla narrow gauge railway track was declared as a UNESCO heritage site in November 2008.

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Date:Sep 13, 2015
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