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Bengal train collision highlights | Nine killed, 41 injured as Railway Board says goods train driver violated speed restriction norms

Two trains—a passenger train and a goods train—collided in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Monday morning, leading to the deaths of nine people. Among the deceased were the pilot of the goods train and the guard of the passenger train. The collision took place between the 13174 Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train near the New Jalpaiguri railway station, officials said. Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 10 lakh in case of death, Rs 2.5 lakh towards grievous injuries, and Rs 50,000 for minor injuries. Previously, PM Modi had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from the PMNRF to the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. Vaishnaw also visited the accident site and took stock of the situation. Commissioner of Railway Safety has started a probe into the cause of the accident. Thank you for staying with DH to track all the updates on this as it unfolded.
Last Updated : 17 June 2024, 17:25 IST

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  • A goods train rammed into the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express from behind in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district on Monday, killing at least nine people and 41 were injured.

  • Among the deceased were the pilot of the goods train and the guard of the passenger train.

  • The injured have been shifted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for treatment.

  • The collision occurred near Rangapani station, 30 km from New Jalpaiguri station, causing four rear compartments of Kanchanjunga Express to derail due to the impact from behind by the goods train's locomotive, the official said.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences, calling the incident in West Bengal tragic and stating his prayers for the swift recovery of the injured.

  • Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reached the spot and took stock of relief operations and announced compensation for the injured and kin of the deceased.

  • While Rs 10 lakh would be given to the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 2.5 lakh would be provided to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those with minor injuries.

  • Vaishnaw said the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has started a probe into the cause of the accident and added that measures will be taken to prevent a recurrence of the circumstances that led to the accident.

  • According to preliminary information received from railway officials, the passenger train was stationary on the tracks when the goods train rammed into it from behind.

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Mamata Banerjee should not do politics over this accident, says Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

On West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's statement, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said, "Railway minister Aswini Vaishnaw is himself inspecting the accident...It is not right to say that BJP is responsible for these incidents...Mamata Banerjee should not do politics over this accident...The railway department should make sure that these kinds of incidents don't happen..."

Published 17 June 2024, 05:27 IST

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