At least four people died after a train derailed in northeast India

A train accident left at least four people dead and several others injured this Thursday in India, local media reported.

At least four people were killed and several others injured in an express train derailment in India’s northeastern state of Bihar, local media reported on Thursday.

“Four victims have been confirmed and rescue operations are underway. Twenty-one coaches derailed,” Tarun Prakash, managing director of East Central Railway, told the Times of India newspaper.

News agency ANI also reported four people were killed. Media reported that several injured people were taken to hospital, without specifying the number.

Lots of accidents

The train came from the capital New Delhi and was headed to Kamakhya Junction, in the northeastern state of Assam.

“I deeply condole with this irreparable loss,” Indian Railways Minister Ashwini Vaisjnaw said, without providing an official report.

India, which has one of the largest railway networks in the world, has experienced many deadly train accidents in its history. However, security has improved in recent years thanks to investment and technological improvements.

In June, a collision between three trains near Balasore, in the (eastern) state of Odisha, left nearly 300 people dead and more than a thousand injured, due to problems with the switching system. . And in August, at least nine people died in southern India in a fire at a train station, caused by a traveler heating water to make tea.

The deadliest accident in the country’s history still occurred on 6 June 1981 when, in the (eastern) state of Bihar, seven carriages of a train crossing a bridge fell into the Bagmati River, causing between 800 and 1,000 deaths.

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