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At least 6 dead as two trains collide in southern India

New Delhi (EFE).- At least six people died and another 25 were injured this Sunday when two passenger trains collided in southern India, where emergency teams have rushed to treat the victims.

The accident took place in Vizianagaram district in the southern state of Andra Pradesh, according to police sources reported to local agency PTI.

At present, the causes of this accident, in which at least three carriages were hit, are unknown, the railway authorities said.

Images released by Indian media show several derailed cars and people crowded around them as emergency teams rescue and treat the victims.

The head of the Andhra Pradesh government, Jagan Reddy, expressed on X (formerly Twitter) his deep shock at the event and ordered that vigilance be guaranteed in the area.

On his part, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the families of the victims and assured that he had spoken to the Railway Minister to take stock of the incident.

Accident in India: At least 238 dead and 900 injured when three trains collided
View of the trains after the Odisha Balasore accident last June. EFE/EPA/National Disaster Response Force

The Ministry of Railways therefore set up an emergency telephone number to help find relatives of the victims.

The event follows the derailment of a train last June in the eastern state of Odisha, which left 275 dead and more than a thousand injured, underscoring India’s safety shortcomings, with derailments causing 70% of accidents.

The Asian country has the fourth-largest rail network in the world by length, and between April 2017 and March 2021, it recorded 2,017 incidents with derailment as the most common cause, according to a recent Auditor General (CAG) report.

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