At least seven passengers were killed and 29 injured when a Delhi-bound train derailed in India's eastern state of Bihar on February 3rd, officials announced.
The railways ministry said in a statement that 11 coaches of the Seemanchal Express left the rails near Sahadai Buzrurg railway station, about 50 km (30 miles) from the state capital, Patna, early in the morning.
Indian media stated that most of the passengers were asleep when the accident took place at around 4 am, adding that hundreds of villagers rushed to help rescuers and members of India's disaster management team to pull out people trapped in the twisted metal and overturned coaches. By noon, Indian Railways official, Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, said that, the rescue work was over. Two of the injured were in a critical condition, he added.
The incident has marked a bad start to the year for India's troubled railways. Sixty people were killed last year when a commuter train travelling at a high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks in northern India, according to Reuters.
India's state railways, largely built during colonial rule, have an appalling safety record after decades of underinvestment in rail safety infrastructure, with the priority on keeping fares low for the 23 million passengers who use the network daily.