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Bridge collapses on train in Mumbai suburb

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  • One person killed six others injured as bridge, pipeline collapse onto train
  • Rescuers cutting through metal to reach the trapped train
  • Incident happened in Thane, a suburb of India's financial hub Mumbai
By Harmeet Shah Singh
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- A bridge and a water pipeline collapsed on a train passing underneath in western India on Friday, killing at least one and injuring six others, police said.

Rescuers were cutting their way through metal to reach the trapped train operator, said Anil Dhere, police commissioner of Thane, in the western state of Maharashtra.

Thane is a northeastern suburb of India's financial capital, Mumbai, where residents rely on commuter trains.

The bridge, which was under construction, collapsed and pulled down a parallel water pipeline on the locomotive and a passenger carriage on the Mumbai-bound train, Dhere said.

"Of the seven injured, one has died. The motorman [driver] could still be trapped inside," he said.

The wreck came two days after a collision between two trains in northern India, which left 22 passengers dead. Video Watch water gush over wrecked train »


India's rail network, which crisscrosses the country, has been marred by a poor safety record. The country had 117 train accidents in 2008-09, according to railway officials. Of those, 80 were blamed on failures by staff.

In 2007-08, India recorded 194 train crashes, officials said.

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