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14 killed in two train accidents in India

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14 killed in two train accidents in IndiaNew Delhi (dpa) – At least 14 people, mostly children and women, were killed in two train accidents in eastern and northern India, officials said Tuesday.

A speeding train hit a jeep at an unmanned crossing in Jharkhand state’s Ramgarh district Monday, night killing 13 occupants of the vehicle, railways spokesman AK Rjak said by phone.

According to witnesses, the tyres of the jeep were stuck in the rail track and the train hit the vehicle before the passengers could get away.

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“The vehicle was damaged badly, as the train dragged it for more than 100 metres,” Rjak said. “It is not a declared gate and many vehicles cross the railway track unauthorized.”

On Tuesday, two trains collided in the northern state of Haryana, killing the driver of one locomotive.

The passengers were safe but guard on one train was injured, chief railways spokesman AK Saxena said.