At least 20 passengers were feared killed on Monday as the Gorakhdham Express rammed into a stationary freight train in the district.
The incident occurred this morning when the express train came on the same track as the freight train near Chureb Railway Station, District Magistrate Bharat Lal said.
However, NE Railway’s CPRO Alok Singh said the accident was caused due to derailment.
Mr. Lal said around 20 people are feared killed in the accident that completely damaged the first bogey of the train.
Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Monday offered condolences to families of those killed in Gorakhdham Express tragedy and prayed for the well-being of those injured.
Mr. Modi spoke to Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and asked him to take an overview of the situation to ensure timely assistance to the injured.
“My condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the Gorakhdham Express tragedy. Prayers with the injured,” Mr. Modi tweeted.