• 2 Britons killed after train derails in India

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    SHIMLA, India: Two British women were killed and nine other passengers injured on Saturday when a train carrying tourists to the hill town of Shimla in northern India derailed, police said.

    “Two British nationals have been killed,” S.Z.H Zaidi, a senior police official for Himachal Pradesh state, told AFP.

    “Nine people are injured including six Britons,” he said, adding that the other three injured were Indian nationals.

    The two passengers who died were both women aged in their sixties, Zaidi said.

    The train, a special chartered service carrying a group of 37 British holidaymakers and a few Indian crew, derailed at around 1 p.m. local time.

    Photographs showed several carriages belonging to the red and yellow narrow-gauge train tilting at a sharp angle by the side of the rails as uniformed officials inspected the site.

    The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear, but the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said three carriages may have left the track because the train was traveling too fast.

    AFP

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