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India train accident kills five

Doon Express accident on 31 May 2012
Image caption Several coaches of the trained went off the rails

Seven coaches of a passenger train have derailed in India's Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least five people.

The Doon Express was travelling from Howrah station, near Calcutta city, to Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand when it derailed near Jaunpur town.

Rescue teams have been sent to the accident site. This is the second train accident in less than 10 days.

Last week, 24 people were killed when a passenger train crashed into a goods train in Andhra Pradesh state.

Train accidents in India have killed 1,220 people over the past five years, railway officials recently revealed.

The immense railway network connects every corner of the country, operating 9,000 passenger trains a day, carrying some 18 million people.

India has set up a $3.6bn (£2.4bn) railway safety fund to make travelling safer for millions of passengers who use the transport network every year.

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