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India grapples with rail safety challenge after devastating crash

At least 275 dead in Odisha as early indications point to 'signaling issue'

A train moves past damaged coaches on June 5, after the tracks were restored following the deadly accident in Odisha, India.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Train services have resumed along a stretch of Indian track where a horrific crash on Friday evening claimed at least 275 lives, authorities said on Monday, as officials probed the cause of the disaster.

Preliminary findings suggested that a "signaling issue" might have been behind the tragedy in the eastern state of Odisha, which also left nearly 1,200 people injured. The accident has thrown a spotlight on the safety of the world's fourth-largest railway system in a country now estimated to be the most populous, as the government aims to upgrade infrastructure.

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