Train derails after hitting boulder in southern India, killing 11 and injuring dozens



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Rescuers cut the outer shell of a crumbled compartment of a derailed train to pull out the body of a victim, near Anekal, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Bangalore, India, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. A train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track in southern India on Friday, killing more than ten and injuring dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)


Rescuers carry body of a victim of a train that derailed near Anekal, about 40 kilometers south of Bangalore, India, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. A train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track in southern India on Friday, killing more than 10 people and injuring dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)


Rescuers and onlookers gather around damaged coaches of a derailed train near Anekal, about 40 kilometers south of Bangalore, India, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. A train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track in southern India on Friday, killing more than 10 people and injuring dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)


Rescuers carry out the body of a passenger after pulling it out from a crumbled compartment of a derailed train near Anekal, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Bangalore, India, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. The train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track in southern India on Friday, killing more than 10 people, officials said. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)


BANGALORE, India — A train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track in southern India on Friday, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens, officials said.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabu said the boulder fell down an incline and derailed nine coaches and one food car.

At least 42 people were hospitalized, including 17 in serious condition, after the accident near Bangalore, the capital of southern Karnataka state, police officer Ranbir Sharma said.

Rescuers used gas cutters to open one badly crushed coach on the Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express to remove passengers trapped inside, said Amar Nath, a bank executive who was on board.

"The train came to a screeching halt and I thought that it may have hit something," said Nath, who was unhurt.

Accidents are common on India's vast rail network, which carries 23 million people every day. They are often attributed to human and equipment errors.

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