At least 9 killed in train derailment in India

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.

Preliminary assessment suggests that there were cracks in the tracks, CNN Affiliate News-18 reportedciting local authorities.

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.

India’s extensive rail network suffers from aging infrastructure and poor maintenance Factors that are often responsible for accidents.

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.

One of the deadliest incidents of recent years occurred in November 2016, when over 140 people Several train cars were killed after derailment in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
next November, at least 39 people died 50 others were seriously injured in a train derailment in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.