Twelve cars of a New Delhi-bound passenger train derailed Tuesday in central India, killing at least 32 people and injuring more than 80, officials said.
Twelve people died at the accident site and 20 succumbed at Lalitpur Hospital, according to Matthew John, director of railway safety for the Railway Ministry.Twenty of 80 people hospitalized were in critical condition, he said. An undetermined number of other injured passengers were awaiting transportation to hospitals, he said.
The 21-car Karnataka Express left the southern city of Bangalore on Monday and had been scheduled to reach the Indian capital late Tuesday. John said the train derailed at 2:30 p.m. in a remote area between Lalitpur and Telwara stations in Madhya Pradesh state, 280 miles south of New Delhi.
O.P. Sood, deputy director for railway safety, said 12 cars left the tracks and "heavy casualties were feared." Initial reports said nine cars flipped over after leaving the tracks, but John said that was incorrect.