Four persons were killed and five seriously injured in a train collision near Sahibganj, Jharkhand, on Wednesday at 5.50 a.m.
The accident happened when the New Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail collided with a stationary goods train at Karonpuroto, about 25 km from Sahibganj.
"A bogie of 14055 Brahmaputra Mail derailed and dashed against a stationary goods train, killing four persons," Times of India quoted the Superintendent of Police (Rail) Praveen Srivastav as telling PTI over the phone.
According to a railway official speaking to The Times of India, "The goods train was standing as it's engine developed a snag. The passenger train hit it."
However, giving details of the accident Railway PRO Anil Saxena told NDTV that the passenger train was passing through Karonpuroto when a stationary goods train parked on the main line started rolling back. So while it was rolling back, it hit the Brahmaputra Mail.
The Eastern railway authority also maintained that five persons suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Confirming the incident, Station Master K.P. Singh told reporters that the Brahmaputra Mail from Dibrugarh collided into the stationary goods train.
According to a report by Zee News, several passengers are feared trapped in the derailed sleeper coach. Efforts are on to get them out safely.
Those injured in the accident have been rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Rescue and relief team has rushed to the spot.
Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those who have sustained serious injury.