Death toll from train crash in northeastern India rises to 8 (UPDATED)
The number of people who died on Sunday after a train derailed in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar has climbed to eight, while more than 50 others suffered injuries, Trend reported citing Sputnik.
The Delhi-bound train is reported to have derailed at 3:58 a.m. local time (22:28 GMT on Saturday) when it was going at full speed. A fracture in the rail track may have caused the incident, according to media reports.
According to the Indian Express newspaper, six victims have already been identified.
10:39 (GMT+4) At least six people were killed and many others injured as nine coaches of a Delhi-bound train derailed in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, Trend reported citing Sputnik.
The incident occurred at 3:58 a.m. local time (22:28 Saturday GMT) in Bihar's Vaishali district, the Hindustan Times newspaper specified. The train was reportedly running at full speed when the accident occured.
According to local media reports, rescue teams have responded to the site of the accident from Sonpur and Barauni.
Search and rescue operations are reportedly underway. According to local authorities, the number of victims could increase as some people are still reportedly trapped inside derailed coaches. The Tribune media outlet said Sunday, citing local emergencies services, that at least 24 train passengers were injured.
Meanwhile, the ANI news agency reported that at least 7 people have died due to the accident, saying that 11 Seemanchal Express coaches were derailed.
All passenger trains on this route have been canceled after the incident. Local authorities have launched the investigation into the incident.
The Seemanchal Express is a fast train that reportedly runs between Jogbani and Anand Vihar Terminal in India.