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Train crash death toll rising.

THE death toll from a train derailment in northern India has risen to at least 60 as more bodies were pulled out of the mangled coaches.

The senior army official in charge of rescue operations at the accident site said volunteers and soldiers had recovered 60 bodies from 12 coaches of the Kalka Mail, which went off the tracks on Sunday. But Col Amarjit Dhillon said many more bodies were trapped under the twisted coaches and soldiers were using gas cutters to slice through the metal.

Rescue workers working through the night rescued many of the more than 100 injured in the accident near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state.

The train was on its way to Kalka, in the foothills of the Himalayas, from Howrah, a station near Kolkata in eastern India, when 12 coaches and the engine left the tracks at Malwan station, senior railway official AK Jain said.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear but it appeared that the driver applied the emergency brakes, Mr Jain said.

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Chaos: Rescue workers search for bodies in the wreckage of a Kalka Mail passenger train that derailed in Uttar Pradesh state, India.
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Date:Jul 12, 2011
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