Kanchanjunga Express Accident: Early probe shows ‘human error’ as cause of accident

Five persons died and around 30 others were injured in a train collision in West Bengal. NDRF and Railway officials are at the site with 15 ambulances for rescue operations and medical help.

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First Published17 Jun 2024, 11:52 AM IST
Kolkata: Locals gather after the Kanchanjungha Express collided with a goods train, near New Jalpaiguri railway station, on Monday, June 17, 2024. (PTI Photo)
Kolkata: Locals gather after the Kanchanjungha Express collided with a goods train, near New Jalpaiguri railway station, on Monday, June 17, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

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.

Sources in the Railways told ANI that the goods container train overshot the signal and hit the rear parcel coach of the Kanchanjunga Express.

Moreover, “Driver and assistant driver of the goods train and guard of Kanchenjunga Express train have died in the incident,” said Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairman & CEO Railway Board.

“Prima facie suggests human error as the cause. The first indications suggest that this is a case of signal disregard. Kavach needs to proliferated, planned for West Bengal,” Jaya Varma Sinha added.

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The train has two parcels and one coach for the guard.

Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Divisional Railway officials have reached the accident site. A total of 15 ambulances and medical equipment have also reached the site of the mishap, ANI reported.

According to Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer - Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), Kanchanjungha Express which runs between Silchar in Assam to Sealdah in Kolkata was Sealdah bound when a goods train hit it from behind near Rangapani station, located close to New Jalpaiguri in North Bengal.

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Moreoever, rescue operations are underway at the spot, about seven km from North Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station, and the injured persons were being shifted to nearby hospitals.

Meanwhile, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said 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.”

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Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the accident took place in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district."Shocked to learn, just now, 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," Mamata Banerjee said in a post on X.

"The DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated," the West Bengal chief minister said.

(With inputs from ANI)

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First Published:17 Jun 2024, 11:52 AM IST
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