The incident occurred on Monday 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.

Lal said around 20 people are feared killed in the accident that completely damaged the first bogey of the train. Officials in the Railway Board said the mishap occurred due to derailment of the express train.
They said six coaches of the train rammed into a stationary goods train standing on the adjoining track at the station.

Out of the six coaches, four were general coaches and two were AC coach-- AC first class and AC two tier.

The Indian Railways have ordered an inquiry into the mishap by Commissioner Railway Safety (Northeast circle) P K Bajpayee.

They have also ordered a compensation of Rs one lakh to the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

A sum of Rs 10,000 will be given to those who sustained simple injuries. Medical teams have rushed to the spot.


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