Up to 27 dead after two India trains derail in floods

Two passenger train carriages lie next to each other following a derailment after they were hit by flash floods on a bridge outside the town of Harda in Madhya Pradesh state, central India on August 5, 2015Two passenger trains derailed after flash floods struck a bridge they were crossing in central India, killing up to 27 people in the latest deadly accident on the nation’s crumbling rail network. Rescuers pulled scores of terrified passengers to safety after they became trapped in carriages that toppled over on the weakened and flooded tracks in Madhya Pradesh state, railway and government officials said. A total of 10 carriages and one engine from the express trains, travelling in opposite directions, were derailed minutes apart outside the town of Harda just before midnight on Tuesday.

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