At least 20 people are feared dead after a passenger train derailed and hit a stationary goods train in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, officials say.

Six coaches of the Gorakhdham Express went off the rails and ploughed into the freight train at Chureb railway station in Sant Kabir Nagar district.

Railway spokesman Anil Saxena told the BBC nine bodies had been recovered.

Officials said rescuers were searching through the mangled coaches and a number of people were trapped.

Eighty-three people had been injured, including the train’s driver and assistant driver who were in a critical condition, they added.

The train was travelling from Gorakhpur town to Hisar in Haryana state.

“A medical train with doctors and paramedics has reached the site of the crash,” Mr Saxena said. “We’ve also sent machines to cut the coaches to reach the passengers who are still trapped.”

“My condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the Gorakhdham express tragedy. Prayers with the injured,” Narendra Modi, who takes over as India’s prime minister tweeted.

Padmini Arhant

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