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Train accident kills 21, hits crowded rickshaw in India

PATNA, India--A passenger train struck a crowded rickshaw, killing 21 people at a railway crossing in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, a railway official said Tuesday.

All the passengers and the driver of the motorized rickshaw died in the accident that occurred late Monday near Semra, a town in Bihar, said Vinod Kumar, a railway police superintendent.

The crossing gate was open and the rickshaw was crossing the track when the train hit it, dragging it for about 500 meters, Kumar said.

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