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Indian train crash leaves 21 dead

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Twenty-one people have died in a train crash in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The collision took place when a goods train crashed into a passenger train waiting at the Bhaderwah railway station in Shivpuri district.

Railway officials said the accident occurred early on Monday when it was raining heavily. At least 30 people were injured, 10 of them seriously.

Rescue operations are under way and a relief train has been sent to the site.

The cause of the crash is not known.

"The accident took place when a goods train collided head-on with with the stationary Indore-Gwalior Intercity Express," a railway ministry press release said.

Four coaches were damaged in the crash, it added.

The injured have been taken to civil hospitals in Guna and Shivpuri, officials said.

Accidents are common on the state-owned Indian railway, an immense network connecting every corner of the vast country.

It operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries some 18 million passengers every day.

In July, a train crash in eastern India killed at least 60 people and injured another 120. A speeding passenger express hit another train waiting at a station in the town of Sainthia, West Bengal state.

In May, nearly 150 people died when a Bombay-bound passenger train derailed and was hit by a goods train in West Bengal. Police accused Maoist rebels of sabotaging the track, but Maoists denied the charge.

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