At least 50 dead in train accident in Amritsar

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More than 50 people have been killed and 200 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India’s northern Punjab state, police told the BBC.

The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi.

They did not hear the train approach as they watched a firecracker-filled effigy of the demon king Ravana burn.

Officials said the priority now was to take the injured to local hospitals, according to the BBC report.

Footage posted to social media showed the fast-travelling train hitting the crowd.

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    Caroline E K Sandhu: I am so upset to hear about the train tragedy in Amritsar! A tragedy which could have been totally avoided if common sense and crowd control had been implemented. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible event, none more so than the hapless train driver. 😢

    Manjit Kaur: So sad. May their souls rest in peace. Deepest condolences to their family members.

    Charan Dhaliwal: So sad. Our deepest condolences to the family members. Waheguruji bless their souls to rest in peace 🙏

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    Hb Singh: What went wrong?

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