BHUBANESWAR, India (AFP) - At least 15 people were killed and 60 injured Friday when 12 carriages of a passenger train derailed in eastern India, a railway spokesman said, with the toll expected to rise further. The high-speed Coromandel Express, connecting the eastern metropolis of Kolkata and the southern city of Madras, jumped tracks at Jajpur. "We have 15 people dead," the spokesman for eastern railways, Murlidhar Sahoo, told AFP. Many passengers were trapped in the derailed carriages raising fears of the casualty numbers rising, he said. It came on a day when federal railways minister Lalu Yadav took credit for turning round the giant state-run transport network, which was once headed for bankruptcy. The railway system " still the main form of long-distance travel in India despite fierce competition from new private airlines " runs 14,000 passenger and freight trains and carries 18.5 million people daily. There are 300 accidents on the railways every year.