Train collision kills 12 in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

Train crash on 1st October 2014 in Uttar Pradesh Image copyright Kumar Harsh
Image caption Wednesday's collision took place near Gorakhpur station in northern India

Railway officials say at least 12 people have died after two passenger trains collided in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The collision took place near Gorakhpur station, about 270km (167 miles) from the state capital, Lucknow.

Some reports said the Krishak Express, travelling from Varanasi to Gorakhpur, overshot the signal and rammed into the Barauni Express from behind.

At least 45 people were injured in the accident, officials said.

"In the first instance, it appears that the accident took place because of an error on the part of the driver and assistant driver of the Krishak Express. They have both been suspended with immediate effect," railway official Alok Kumar Singh told BBC Hindi.

The injured have been admitted to hospital and rescue operations are under way, he added.

India's railway network operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries some 18 million passengers every day.

There have been numerous train accidents in recent years, killing hundreds of people.

In May, 23 people died after a passenger train derailed and hit a stationary goods train also in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

In December, 26 people died in a fire which engulfed a carriage of the Nanded-Bangalore Express while it was travelling through southern Andhra Pradesh state.

In August last year, 28 people were killed after being hit by an express train while crossing the tracks in the state of Bihar.

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