Four coaches of the Bikaner Express train derailed in West Bengal on Thursday evening. Preliminary investigations reveal the possibility of a crack in the railway track which may have caused the accident.
The accident happened near Moynaguri area of Jalpaiguri in North Bengal. Train number 15633 was going from Bikaner to Guwahati. Railway officials from Alipurduar have reached the spot for relief and rescue work.
Local police officials said that 14-15 people were still trapped and injured in the accident. However, there has been no official confirmation of the deaths.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee briefly pulled out of the ongoing meeting with PM Modi on the COVID situation and issued directions to the district administration for relief and rescue work.
Railway officials have reached the spot while disaster management and rescue teams have already reached the spot. Officials said that efforts are on to rescue the stranded passengers.