Tragic collision: Kanchanjunga Express crash kills 5

Eight passengers died and at least 25 others were injured when the Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday after being hit

| Updated: 17 June, 2024 1:31 pm IST
Eight passengers died and at least 25 others were injured when the Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday after being hit by a goods train in Siliguri, West Bengal.
Eight passengers died and at least 25 others were injured when the Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday after being hit by a goods train in Siliguri, West Bengal.

NEW DELHI: Eight passengers died and at least 25 others were injured when the Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday after being hit by a goods train in Siliguri, West Bengal. When the accident occurred, the Kanchanjunga Express was traveling from Agartala, Tripura to Sealdah Railway Station in Kolkata. The goods train struck it from behind near Rangapani station, close to New Jalpaiguri.

Several train coaches derailed in the crash, according to reports. More details about the accident are awaited. One factor that limited casualties was that the rear part of the train consisted of a cargo van and the guard’s coach, with the passenger compartments positioned further ahead.

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced that doctors and disaster response teams have been dispatched to the scene. “I am shocked to learn about a tragic train accident in the Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are still coming in, the Kanchanjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train. The DM, SP, doctors, ambulances, and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, and medical assistance. We have initiated action on a war footing,” she posted on X.

 

President Droupadi Murmu, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, and Tripura CM Manik Saha expressed their condolences over the loss of lives and wished a speedy recovery for the injured passengers. “The news of the loss of lives due to a train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is deeply distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and the success of the relief and rescue operations,” the President tweeted.

 

Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the rescue efforts are underway on a “war footing.” He tweeted, “An unfortunate accident occurred in the NFR zone. Rescue operations are proceeding at a rapid pace. Railways, NDRF, and SDRF are working in close coordination. The injured are being shifted to the hospital, and senior officials have arrived at the site.”

The Railways have released helpline numbers for people seeking information about the situation. For Sealdah, the numbers are 033-23508794 and 033-23833326. For Guwahati, the numbers are 0361-2731621, 0361-2731622, and 0361-2731623.

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