May 4, 2014 4:14 pm

At least 19 dead after passenger train derails in India

Watch above: A passenger train derailed in western India on Sunday, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100, police said. Warning: Video contains graphic imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.

A passenger train derailed in western India on Sunday, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100, police said.

The engine and four of the 20 coaches jumped the tracks near Roha station, 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Mumbai, police said.

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The rescuers used gas cutters to open the derailed coaches to reach those trapped inside.

Big cranes were deployed to remove these coaches from the rail track.

Two of the derailed coaches tilted on one side and one overturned, said a railway spokesman.

The rescue operation was continuing and the death toll was expected to rise, police said.

Officials said that 123 injured passengers, some of them in serious condition, were taken to a hospital.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Rail authorities ordered an investigation into the accident and train movement in the area was suspended as the derailed coaches and the rescue operation blocked an adjacent track as well.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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