Nine people have died and at least 45 others have been injured after a train derailed in India, officials said.
The horrific crash happened in the Jalpaiguri district of the West Bengal state yesterday.
The train was on its way to Gauhati in Assam state from Bikaner, a city in Rajasthan state, when 12 carriages left the tracks and three capsized.
Images from the scene after the accident showed passengers stuck in twisted metal and debris as rescuers tried to pull them out.
Initial reports suggested at least five people had been killed in the accident but this rose to nine overnight.
At least 45 people have been injured in the crash with all taken to hospital for treatment, a police officer has said.
Rescuers worked through the night to clear the wreckage from the tracks, using cranes to remove the coaches from the lines.
Rajiv Jain, a rail ministry spokesperson, said rescue work had been completed and work was ongoing to clear the tracks.
Senior railway official Guneet Kaur said the cause of the crash was being investigated.
She said the government would provide financial compensation to families of the deceased and injured.
Unfortunately, accidents are common on India’s extensive but ageing railway network.
Safety standards are an ongoing concern over the state-run system, which operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries about 23 million passengers every day.
In 2016, 127 people were killed when 14 coaches derailed in Uttar Pradesh state in one of India’s worst train crashes.
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