Indian Railways spokesperson Rajesh Bajpai said that four out of 12 coaches of the Inter-State Express train derailed in Jalpaiguri district of the state.
Another railway spokesperson Gurmeet Kaur said, “It seems that no more people are trapped in the trains.” He said the workers were restoring the track to allow other trains to pass through.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was “deeply concerned to hear about the tragic accident.”
“The injured will get medical care at the earliest,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter on Thursday that his “behaves are with the bereaved families,” and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
In 2020, around 12,000 people were killed in over 13,000 train accidents across the country, according to a report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) last year.