Monday, January 24, 2022

Shocking train crash with 7 dead and at least 45 injured after derailment

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An unusual derailment on a train carrying 1,000 people killed 7 and injured at least 45.

The accident on the Guwahati-Bikaner Express occurred around 17:00 local time (11:30 UK) near Moynaguri in the state of West Bengal in India.

Shocking images circulating online showed passengers stuck in the wreckage of the disaster, while railroad sources told NDTV that petrol saws are being used to cut open battered train cars.

Authorities’ rescue efforts for the 12 affected buses continued late into the evening, with injured passengers being rushed to Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital, according to The Hindustan Times.

High-profile political figures from the subcontinent have made public statements about the shock incident, with Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeting that he was “heading to the scene of the accident,” while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the same on the platform to respond to the tragedy.

He wrote: “I spoke to Railway Minister Shri and took stock of the situation following the West Bengal train crash. My thoughts are with the bereaved. May the injured recover quickly.”

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