At least two British tourists have been killed in an accident on a UNESCO World Heritage-listed train in northern India.
The incident occurred on a stretch of the Kalka-Shimla Railway, which runs through the mountains from Haryana to Himachal Pradesh. India’s Economic Times reports that the train had been privately booked by a British group and had 37 tourists onboard.
But it somehow derailed, killing two female tourists instantly and injuring 10 other people. The Indian media reported that one of the injured tourists died later in hospital, but this has not been confirmed.
The cause of the accident is not clear, but it has been suggested that the four-carriage train was travelling too quickly, causing it to derail on a bend. An inquiry has been ordered.
The Kalka–Shimla Railway was built by the British in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as a means of travelling to Shimla, the British summer capital in India. The line is known for its dramatic views is it climbs through the mountains.