The dead were one man and a woman, Kalka station superintendent VK Arora told reporters. The injured were admitted to the PGI hospital in Chandigarh, 30 km from the accident spot.Over-speeding at a curve was the cause of the accident, one of the survivors told police.

Northern Railway chief public relations officer Neeraj Sharma told reporters in New Delhi that the train was booked by a group of foreigners mainly from Britain.

The police stated the train with four engines left Kalka in Haryana at 12.40 pm. It went off the tracks at Taksal, just three kilometres from Kalka. The traffic on the 96 km long and a century-old narrow gauge world heritage railroad remained suspended and is likely to be restored by tomorrow.

The chartered trains on this rail section are handled by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation, a wing of Indian Railways. "The reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained. It might be a problem in the track or in the coach. There is a possibility that an animal suddenly came on the track or rocks falling on the track," Sharma told reporters in New Delhi earlier.

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