A train rammed into a tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern India, killing 10 people and injuring more than 30 others, a police official said Wednesday.
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The tractor was crossing the railroad track near the town of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh state when it was hit by the passenger train late Tuesday, said Shailendra Lal, a police officer in Bijnor.
The wagon was overcrowded with people returning from a ceremony at a nearby Hindu holy town near the Ganges River, Lal said. Thirty-three people were injured in the accident. Six of them were in critical condition and were taken to a hospital in the nearest big city of Meerut. The accident site was about 350 kilometres (220 miles) from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
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Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world’s largest train networks serving about 23 million passengers a day. A lack of money means that hundreds of dangerous crossings in the country are not guarded around the clock.