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As India investigates deadly train crash, critics raise safety concerns

By Karishma Mehrotra

04 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled the inauguration of a new high-speed train between Goa and Mumbai after a devastating three-train pileup in eastern India killed 275 people and injured about 1,000.

DELHI - India's prime minister was scheduled on Saturday to inaugurate a new high-speed train between Goa in southern India and the financial capital, Mumbai, as part of a campaign to modernize the country's rail network - one of the largest in the world.

But on Friday night, a devastating three-train pileup in eastern India - one of the worst transportation disasters in the country's history - killed 275 people and injured about 1,000, forcing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel the ceremony. He visited the crash site and wounded patients at a nearby hospital instead.

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