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Train hits crowd at religious festival in India; at least 50 dead

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Train hits crowd at religious festival in IndiaAt least 50 people were killed and over 200 injured Friday when a train struck a group of people gathered on the railway in India, police said.

The crowd was watching fireworks celebrating the Hindu festival of Dusshera in Amristar, in northern Punjab state, and did not hear the approaching train, eyewitnesses said.

The accident occurred at the celebration's finale, featuring the loud burning of a firecracker-filled effigy of a demon. Groups of onlookers retreated from the fire and spilled onto the tracks as two trains arrived from separate directions on parallel tracks. Although one train stopped, it gave the onlookers little opportunity to escape the other train, officials said.


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