Media: Lack of communication caused deadly India train crash

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Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
Scene of a deadly crash on Saturday that killed at least 23 people and injured dozens.
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NEW DELHI, India — India news media are reporting that lack of communication between train operators and track workers appears to be the cause of a passenger train derailment Saturday that killed more than 20 people and injured dozens.

The Indian Express website reports that two station masters near where the Kalinga Utkal Express was operating and derailed shortly before 6 p.m. local time Saturday had no idea that track work was being performed nearby. There were apparently no instructions for the train's crew to slow or stop for track work that had been ongoing for several days.

Witnesses quoted in various outlets say coaches from the train flew through the air and one even demolished a house near the right-of-way.

Officials evacuated the train and recovered 23 bodies by Sunday evening, the Times of India reports. One observer cited by the Times says that as many as 156 people were injured. Indian officials have demanded that public servants post causes for the crash as quickly as possible.

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