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(SKY NEWS) – Dozens of people are feared dead after being hit by a train in the city of Amritsar in northern India, according to reports.
The victims were said to have gathered near a level crossing to watch celebrations for the Hindu festival Dussehra.
According to The Times of India, citing railway officials, they had spilled on the tracks to get a good view of a burning effigy, which is a tradition of the annual gala.
The train was travelling from Jalandhar when the accident happened, with TV channel Times Now reporting that those stuck were unable to hear it approach due to the overbearing sound of firecrackers being let off.
Pratap Singh Bajwa, a local party leader, has said there are at least 50 casualties.
“Saddened by the huge loss of life in train accident in Amritsar, Punjab,” he added on Twitter.
“May god give strength to the bereaved families and wishing speedy recovery to those injured.”
The train reportedly did not stop following the accident, which also left a number of people injured.
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi tweeted: “Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching.
“My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly.
“Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required.”
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