Train accident ‘leaves at least 9 dead and 45 injured’ after derailment

A train carrying 1000 people derailed, killing nine individuals and injuring more than 45.

On Thursday, January 13, around 5 p.m. local time, an accident on the Guwahati-Bikaner Express occurred near Moynaguri in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Passengers were seen trapped in the rubble of the catastrophe in photos uploaded online, and railway insiders told NDTV that petrol saws were being used to break open wrecked carriages.

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One of the coaches can be seen turned over on top of another in the aftermath of the crash.

Indian Railways spokesperson Rajesh Bajpai said four out of 12 carriages on the interstate express train veered off the track in the state’s Jalpaiguri district.

Rescue efforts from authorities on the affected coaches continued late into the evening on Jan 13 with injured passengers taken to Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital, according to The Hindustan Times.

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West Bengal government sources say that 10 were critically injured.

A passenger onboard described the accident to Indian news agency PTI, saying: “We felt a sudden shock. We were all rocking violently and luggage kept on upper berths tumbled all around.”

Train accident

The ministry for railway travel has announced that a compensation package of ?5 lakh (£4,929) for families of the deceased, ?1 lakh (£985) for “severely injured” passengers, and ?25,000 (£246) for people with minor injuries.

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