Dozens are feared dead after a train ran over people in the north Indian state of Punjab today, TV channels reported.

Times Now said they failed to hear the sound of the approaching train as it got drowned out by the noise of firecrackers being let off for a Hindu festival.

The incident on Friday took place on the outskirts of Amritsar city, Punjab state, where a crowd had assembled near a railway track to watch a religious festival.

“There are more than 50 casualties. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital,” Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told news agencies.

At least 60 people were admitted to hospital with injuries, police officials said.

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