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High-speed train runs over crowd, killing dozens, at Hindu festival in Amritsar, India

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India’s railway officials and local community leaders traded blame on Saturday over an accident in which a train ran over scores of people gathered on the railway tracks for a festival in Amritsar.

Punjab state’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that 59 people had died with 57 injured in the accident and that an official inquiry would be carried out over the next four weeks.

A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city’s fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said.

Grieving relatives and residents, some of whom were still scouring the bloodied fields for belongings of their loved ones, said there was no warning from the train as it rolled down the tracks just as firecrackers exploded in the sky in the annual Dussehra festival. (Reuters)

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A man cries as he stands next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, at a cremation ground in Amritsar, India, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


Bodies of victims of Friday’s train accident are carried in for cremation in Amritsar, India, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Prabhjot Gill/AP)


A woman cries next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, at a cremation ground in Amritsar, India, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


A man cries next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, at a cremation ground in Amritsar, India, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


A woman cries holding on to her husband during the cremation of her son, who was killed in Friday’s train accident, in Amritsar, India, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Prabhjot Gill/AP)



Volunteers carry a victim’s body to an ambulance, after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, on the hospital premises in Amritsar, India, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


Police officials search for body parts next to a railway track track after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, in Amritsar, India, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


A boy who was was injured after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, sits in a hospital bed in Amritsar, India, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


Police patrol along a railway track at the site of an accident after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, in Amritsar, India, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


Indian women mourn the death of a relative, victim of a train accident, outside a hospital in Amritsar, India, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo: Prabhjot Gill/AP)


Policemen carry the body of a victim after a train struck a crowd seated on tracks in Amritsar, India, Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo: Munish Sharma/Reuters)


The body of a victim of a train accident lies covered in cloth on a railway track in Amritsar, India, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo: Prabhjot Gill/AP)


An angry crowd shouts slogans beside the body of a victim of a train accident in Amritsar, India, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo: Prabhjot Gill/AP)


People mourn the death of their relatives after to a train accident in Amritsar, India.<br />Dozens were killed after a train ran into crowds at Joda Phatak crossing in Amritsar, Punjab, where a large number of people had gathered to watch a Ravan effigy burning on Dussehra evening. The people failed to hear the sound of the approaching train as it got drowned out by the noise of firecrackers. (Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times/REX/Shutterstock)


An man cries near the dead body of his brother on railway track after a train accident in Amritsar, India, Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo: Raminder Pal Singh/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


An injured man (c), is helped to an ambulance after a train accident in Amritsar, India, Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo: Raminder Pal Singh/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Shoes of the victims lie near railway tracks as people gather after a train accident in Amritsar, India, Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo: Raminder Pal Singh/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)