Northern India train collision kills 5 people

January 11, 2012 4:21:21 AM PST
A railway official says at least five people were killed when a passenger train collided with a freight train in northern India.

Local station master K.P. Singh says a freight train at the Karanpuratu railway station in the northern state of Jharkhand rolled backward just before a Delhi-bound passenger train pulled into the station on the same track.

He says the resulting collision at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday killed four people and injured nine others.

Accidents are common on India's railroad network -- one of the world's largest, with some 14 million passengers daily. Most collisions are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.