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50 passengers injured as express derails in Assam; 8 trains cancelled

Guwahati, Apr 16 (PTI): Over 50 passengers were injured, 19 of them seriously, when the engine and 10 coaches of the Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express derailed at Teghiria in central Assam early Wednesday.

The derailment damaged 100 metres of railway line and the railways had to cancel eight trains on the route. The Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express has also been detained at Lumbing, railway officials said.

They said the engine and 10 coaches of the train derailed near Jagiroad in Morigaon district at around 2am.

Nineteen passengers were seriously injured and have been admitted to various hospitals including Gauhati Medical College Hospital, police said.

Many passengers were discharged after receiving first aid in Morigaon Civil Hospital.

The cause of the derailment is being investigated, railway officials said.

Senior railway officials have rushed to the site and rescue operations are on.