Between 25 and 38 people died today when two trains collided in northern India.  About 60 others were injured.

Earlier reports of 50 dead and 150 injured were later described as ‘unconfirmed.’

The Jammu Tawi express crashed into a local train near the village of Mansar 150 km east of Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab at about noon local time (6.30am Irish).

At least five carriages were badly damaged and were lying in a heap of mangled metal and wheels. One carriage had been split in two.

One engine had slid on top of the other and was pointing skywards.

The Indian railway network is one of the world's largest but has a poor safety record.