A derailment of a train in West Bengal, India has killed at least six people and injured more than 30 while rescue work continues. Five train carriages are said to have overturned in the accident
At least six people were killed and more than 31 were injured when a train derailed in India’s West Bengal state, officials said.
The pictures show rescuers trying to get people to safety after 12 wagons of the train left the track and five were said to have turned upside down.
The train was en route from Bikaner in the state of Rajasthan in Guwahati when the crash happened in Jalpaiguri district.
Northeast Frontier Railway tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we report that there are now six victims and 31 injured in this unfortunate incident. Details will be released shortly after the identification is completed.”
Locals report that the accident may have been caused by a crack in the track.
The North Bengal BSF (Border Security Force) tweeted photos of soldiers helping out at the scene of the tragedy after they were brought in to help with the rescue.
It read: “Rapid Response Team of #BSF Soldiers, Including Specialists from #BSF SHQ Jalpaiguri. @BSFNBFTR seeks rescue operations and evacuates casualties from derailed wagons in the tragic accident near Mainaguri (WB) on January 13 ’22. “
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and other politicians have expressed regret over what happened.
He said: “The derailment of the Bikaner-Guhawati Express buses near the city of New Maynaguri in West Bengal is sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected passengers and their families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
Government Minister Amit Shah tweeted: “I am saddened to learn of the loss of life due to the tragic railway accident in West Bengal. My deepest condolences to the grieving families. I ask for a speedy recovery of the injured.”
Accidents happen regularly in India due to an aging network that has not been well maintained. Safety standards have been criticized in the state system, which is estimated to carry about 23 million people a day.
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