West News Wire: A railroad official said that rescuers discovered four dead overnight while clearing the 12 damaged coaches of a train that derailed in India’s West Bengal state, bringing the death toll to nine.

According to Rajiv Jain, a train ministry spokeswoman, at least 45 persons were hurt in the disaster on Thursday when the coaches slid off the rails and three capsized.

On Friday, Jain said that the rescue effort had been finished and that the track was being cleaned in order to restore train service in the region.

Passengers were entangled in twisted metal and rubble as rescuers attempted to free them following the disaster, according to images from the scene.

The train was travelling from Bikaner, Rajasthan, to Guwahati, Assam, when the accident occurred in Jalpaiguri district.

All of the injured were being treated in a hospital, senior police officer Debarshi Dutta said.

Senior railway official Guneet Kaur said the cause of the accident was being investigated. She said the government would provide financial compensation to families of the deceased and all of the injured.

Accidents are common on India’s massive but ageing railway network and poor infrastructure, risking people’s lives.

Safety standards have been an ongoing concern on 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 accidents.

 

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