23 Killed, 50 Injured as Train Derails in Southern India

A train passes by a road intersection in 2013 in Lucknow, India, where at least 45 people were killed Sunday morning following a derailment. Photo: BOMBMAN / Flickr

HYDERABAD, India — Railway officials say that at least 23 people have been killed and 50 others injured after a passenger train derailed in southern India.

Divisional Railway manager Chandralekha Mukherji says the accident took place in the Vizianagram district of Andhra Pradesh around midnight Saturday.

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

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

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