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14 dead in Indian train derailment

From CNN Producer Maurya Gautam

Railway Accidents

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- A passenger train has derailed in western India south of Mumbai, killing at least 14 people, an official with the railway said.

An additional 50 people were injured, said Vaishali Patange with Konkan Railway, a division of Indian Railways.

However, Indian Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav put the death toll at 20, and officials feared the toll would rise.

The train, known as the Matsyagandha Express, left the tracks near Karanjadi at 6:08 a.m. Wednesday (8:38 p.m. ET Tuesday), about 105 miles (170 km) south of Mumbai -- formerly Bombay -- on its way north from Mangalore.

According to railway officials, the train's engine and three cars fell from a 65 foot (20 meter) high bridge after apparently hitting a boulder. The accident caused another seven cars to derail.

The boulder may have been washed onto the tracks by recent heavy rainfall.

Rail traffic along the line has been shut down.

A similar accident last year along the same line killed 51 people.

That was the first accident since the 760-kilometer (472-mile) rail line to link Mumbai with Goa and Mangalore was built in 1998.

The Konkan route is considered one of India's most scenic railroad journeys.

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