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    IndiaTragedy Strikes: 5 Dead, 30 Injured in West Bengal Train Collision

    Tragedy Strikes: 5 Dead, 30 Injured in West Bengal Train Collision


    KOLKATA, June 17: At least five persons died and around 30 others were injured after a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani station in West Bengal on Monday, police said.

    Three rear compartments of the express train derailed under the impact of the collision from behind by the locomotive of the goods train, railway officials said.
    Rescue operations are underway at the spot, about 30 km from North Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station, and the injured persons were being shifted to nearby hospitals.
    “Five persons have died in the accident till now and around 30 people suffered injuries, which are not fatal,” a senior police officer said.
    Meanwhile, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a post on X: “Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations going on at war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working in close coordination. Injured are being shifted to the hospital. Senior officials have reached site.”
    The divisional railway manager (DRM) of North Frontier Railway's Katihar division said the 13174 Kanchanjunga Express was bound for Sealdah from Agartala and the accident occurred around 9 am.
    One of the compartments of the express train got detached following the collision and settled above the locomotive of the goods train, he said.
    In a post on X, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Shocked to learn, , about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train.
    “DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated.”
    A passenger from Agartala, who was in coach number S6 of the Kanchanjunga Express, said he felt a sudden jerk and the compartment screeched to a halt.
    He also claimed that the relief and rescue operations were delayed.
    “My wife, child and I somehow managed to come out of the mangled coach. We are currently stranded… The rescue operations also started quite late,” the passenger told a television channel.

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