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Death toll rises to 8 in West Bengal railway accident

Monday, 17 June 2024 | 12:26 pm | 20 times

Death toll rises to 8 in West Bengal railway accident

India’s West Bengal train accident death toll rises to 8 According to Indian Railways, eight people died; Among them three railway workers and 5 railway passengers.

However, according to private sources, 17 people died in this accident. The number of casualties is expected to rise.
Meanwhile, West Bengal and central government disaster response forces are using gas cutters in rescue operations. In other words, they are trying to get passengers out by cutting the compartment of the train.

On Monday (June 17) the Kanchenjunga Express train on its way to Sealdah met with an accident. This incident occurred when a few coaches of Kanchenjunga Express were derailed due to the impact of a freight train.

Kanchenjunga Express left for Sealdah from New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) this morning. When the train approached Rangapani station at around 8:30 am local time, the freight train rammed hard from behind. At this time, three coaches of the train derailed, one twisted and overturned. Another compartment rises above the freight engine.

Eid holidays are currently going on in India. Right now many Bangladeshis are staying in Kolkata. At this time, many Bangladeshis went to visit Darjeeling via Calcutta. Basically, many tourists use the Kanchenjunga Express train to travel to Darjeeling. As a result, the Bangladesh Sub-High Commission in Kolkata is keeping an eye on whether any Bangladeshi has been involved in an accident with Indians.

The Calcutta Sub-High Commission said that the Bangladesh Mission is in touch with the Indian Railways at all times.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have expressed their grief over this terrible accident. Indian Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav is going to visit the spot. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave in the afternoon. A helpline has been launched at Malda station by the state government.

From Delhi, Railway Board CEO Jaya Verma Sinha said the signaling system was fine. It is initially assumed that such a major accident was caused by the mistake of the freight train driver. However, he also said that the whole thing is subject to investigation.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday afternoon about the railway accident, Jaya Verma said that for the time being, the primary goal of the railway is to carry out quick rescue work and to normalize the movement of trains on that line. A thorough investigation of the incident will be conducted after that.

However, the Indian Railways Minister termed the incident as ‘human error’. He said, initially, the signal on the line was correct. But the driver probably didn’t obey the signal. This is the result of this accident. However, it is not possible to confirm the cause of the accident right now. Meanwhile, the truck driver and a worker lost their lives in the accident. Similarly, the guard who was behind the Kanchenjunga Express also died.

It is known that the Kanchenjunga Express bound for Kolkata was at the beginning of the same line. Just behind him was the freight train at a certain distance. The red signal was shown to the freight train to maintain distance. Somehow the signal escaped the notice of the driver and the freight train slammed into the rear of the Kanchenjunga Express. According to railway sources, Kanchenjunga Express had left for Kolkata with 1500 passengers.

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