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At least 23 killed as train derails in India

An image from video shows rescuers and onlookers at the derailed passenger train in Kuneru, Andhra Pradesh, southern India. Picture by KK Production via Associated Press

At least 23 people have been killed and 50 others injured after a passenger train derailed in southern India.

Divisional railway manager Chandralekha Mukherji said the accident took place in the Vizianagram district of Andhra Pradesh around midnight on Saturday, local time.

She said seven coaches of the Hirakand Express were thrown off the tracks.

Rescue workers were at the site on Sunday morning trying to cut open mangled coaches.

It is the latest accident on India's massive but poorly maintained railway network.

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