A train derailment in West Bengal, India, has killed at least six people and injured more than 30 while rescue work continues. Five of the train’s carriages are believed to have overturned in the accident
At least six people were killed and more than 30 injured when a train derailed in India’s West Bengal state, officials said.
Pictures show rescuers trying to get people to safety after 12 of the train’s carriages veered off the tracks and five of them were reportedly turned upside down.
The train was en route from Bikaner in Rajasthan state to Gauhati when the accident happened in Jalpaiguri district.
The Northeast Frontier Railway tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we report that there have now been six casualties and 31 injured in this unfortunate incident. Details will be announced shortly after identification is complete.”
It is reported locally that the crash may have been caused by a crack in the track.
North Bengal BSF (Border Security Force) tweeted images of soldiers assisting at the scene of the tragedy after being brought to the rescue.
It said: “Rapid response team of #BSF soldiers including medical specialists from #BSF SHQ Jalpaiguri. @BSFNBFTR is making every possible effort in the rescue operations and evacuating the injured from derailed buses that sustained a tragic accident near Mainaguri (WB) Jan 13 22.”
India’s President Ram Nath Kovind and other politicians expressed their sadness at what happened.
The President stated: “The derailment of Bikaner-Guhawati Express buses near New Maynaguri, West Bengal is worrying. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected passengers and their families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
Government Minister Amit Shah tweeted: “With concern at the loss of life due to a tragic railway accident in West Bengal. My deepest condolences to the bereaved. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured.”
Accidents are a regular occurrence in India due to an aging network that has not been well maintained. The safety standards of the state-run system, which transports an estimated 23 million people every day, have been criticized.