12 dead in train collision

RAILWAY officials say at least 12 people have died after two passenger trains collided in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The collision took place near Gorakhpur station, about 270km (167 miles) from the state capital, Lucknow.

Some reports said the Krishak Express, travelling from Varanasi to Gorakhpur, overshot the signal and rammed into the Barauni Express from behind.

At least 45 people were injured in the accident, officials said.

“In the first instance, it appears that the accident took place because of an error on the part of the driver and assistant driver of the Krishak Express. They have both been suspended with immediate effect,” railway official Alok Kumar Singh told BBC Hindi.

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