South Asia

Train collision in West Bengal kills at least 13

NEW DELHI — A devastating train collision in India’s West Bengal state on Monday left at least 13 people dead and dozens injured, according to local police.

The accident occurred when a goods train rear-ended the Kanchanjunga Express, a passenger train traveling from Agartala in the northeast to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. The impact caused three carriages of the Kanchanjunga Express to derail.

Video footage of the scene showed containers from the goods train scattered across the tracks, with one passenger carriage left hanging at a precarious angle. A large crowd of onlookers gathered at the site, where rescue operations were underway.

Railway officials expressed concern that more people might be trapped inside the wrecked carriages, though no additional details were immediately available.

This collision comes nearly a year after India’s state-run railway system experienced its deadliest crash in two decades in the state of Odisha, which resulted in nearly 300 fatalities.