Several dead as train derails in India’s West Bengal state | News

At least nine were killed and 45 others injured when a passenger train derailed in Jalpaiguri district in the east of the state.

A railway official said rescuers found four bodies overnight as they removed 12 damaged coaches from a derailed train in India’s West Bengal state, raising the death toll to nine.

Rajiv Jain, a spokesman for the Ministry of Railways, said at least 45 people were injured in the accident on Thursday when vehicles deviated from the rails and three of them overturned.

Jin said on Friday that rescue work had been completed and the track was cleaned up to restore train services in the area.

Pictures from the scene after the accident showed passengers stuck in twisted metal pieces and debris as rescuers tried to get them out.

The train was on its way to Guwahati, Assam from Bikaner, a city in Rajasthan, when the accident occurred in Jalpaiguri district.

Police officer Deparshi Dutta said all the injured are being treated in hospital.

A senior railway official, Junit Kaur, said the cause of the accident was being investigated. She said that the government will provide financial compensation to the families of the dead and all the injured.

Accidents are common in India’s huge but aging railway network.

Safety standards have been a constant concern in the state-run system, which operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries around 23 million passengers daily.

In 2016, 127 people were killed when 14 buses derailed in Uttar Pradesh in one of India’s worst train accidents.

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