Train accident in India: 22 victims

At least 22 people were killed in a train accident when Sabarmati Express collided head on with a goods train near Samaliya village in Vadodara district of Gujarat in &to=http:// ' target=_blank>west India early Thursday, NDTV reported.

Indian senior government officials said the death toll could be much higher. Two assistant drivers are among those killed. Over 70 people have been found injured and 15 passengers are still believed to be trapped in the debris.

The incident happened at around 3:20 a.m.( local time). At least five coaches were badly mangled, reports Xinxuanet.

Nearly 50 people have also been given first aid and dispatched to their homes, the report quoted a Gujarat official as saying.

According to the Business Standard, Union minister of Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav has announced the formation of an inquiry committee under the chairmanship of commissioner for safety of Railways to ascertain the causes for the accident. The minister ruled out any possibility of &to=http:// ' target=_blank>sabotage. Six railway coaches of the Sabarmati Express derailed when it rammed with a goods train carrying containers, which was waiting for signal near the railway platform. The initial reports suggests that the lineman failed to give a clear line to Sabarmati Express.

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