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One killed, 12 injured after dozens of gas blasts rock Boston suburbs

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BOSTON — At least one person has died and 12 others were injured when as many as 70 gas-related explosions and fires rocked multiple homes and buildings in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover Thursday night, prompting officials to order widespread evacuations and establish emergency shelters.

Dozens of homes have also been destroyed after a series of sudden gas explosions north of Boston, in the US state of Massachusetts prompting the evacuation of hundreds, officials said.

Crews scrambled to fight at blazes at 39 properties and turned off gas and electricity lines to prevent further damage, with Massachusetts State Police urging all residents with homes serviced by Columbia Gas to leave.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said it appeared the gas lines had become over-pressurised.

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Fire investigators suspected ‘over-pressurization of a gas main’ belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts led to the series of explosions and fires, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said at a news conference.

Columbia Gas, a unit of NiSource Inc , had announced earlier in the day that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions occurred.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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