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10 die in train collision

October 21, 2009

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— A passenger train crashed into another train early today near the Taj Mahal in northern India, killing at least 10 people and trapping scores of people in a smashed coach, police said.

Rescuers used gas cutters to open the rear coach following the collision near Agra, the site of the Taj Mahal about 130 miles southeast of New Delhi, said Rajesh Bajpai, a railway spokesman.

One of the trains, Mewar Express, was stopped at a red signal when another train rammed into it from behind, Suresh Chandra Sharma, the district magistrate, told The Associated Press.

Rescuers recovered 10 bodies so far but the death toll could rise, said Surendra Srivastava, the Uttar Pradesh state police spokesman. Twenty-five injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals, Srivastava said.

Authorities are still trying to determine why the accident happened, rail official Sri Prakash said.

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