Guwahati: An Express train derailed on the outskirts of Guwahati early on Friday. Three persons are reported to have died while 50 others have been injured in the accident. Official confirmation is still awaited. 

An Express train derailed on the outskirts of Guwahati early on Friday.

As per initial reports, five bogies of Bongaigaon-Guhwahati Chilarai Express derailed near Mirza in Kamrup district after the engine hit a JCB machine at an unmanned railway crossing.

Senior district and railway officials have rushed to the accident site. Rescue teams have been rushed to the accident spot.

Three persons were killed and several feared injured when a passenger train hit a road construction vehicle at an unmanned crossing near Guwahati Friday morning, a railway official said.

The passenger train was coming from New Bongaigaon station in lower Assam to Guwahati when it hit a JCB vehicle at Mirza, 15 km from this city, at around 9.45 a.m., said S. Hajong, a railway public relations officer.

"At an unmanned level crossing near Mirza, it hit a JCB which was trying to cross over," Hajong said adding at least five coaches behind the engine were reported to have derailed after the accident.

"The driver of the JCB was killed on the spot. We cannot confirm the exact number of casualties now. Our team has rushed to the spot and I am waiting for a detailed report," he said.

Agencies