Death toll in India train crash rises to 23


PV International Desk : At least 23 people were killed and at least 40 injured in a major derailment when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand went off the tracks with one of the coaches mounting on another near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.
More casualties are feared as a number of passengers are said to have been trapped in the derailed coaches. Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar MP Sanjay Balyan, who reached the spot, claimed nearly 60 people were injured.
The state police however put the dead at 23 and injured at 40.
“Twentythree people have died, and 40 are injured,” the office of the Director General of Police office said in a revised release. The earlier release it issued had put the number of injured at 400.