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Train collision near new Jalpaiguri

Train collision near new Jalpaiguri

A good train rammed the Kanchenjunga Express train on Monday. A few people died while several people were injured in the mishap.

The death toll from the tragic train collision near New Jalpaiguri rose to 10 as a six-year-old succumbed to her injuries at North Bengal Medical College on Tuesday.

The railway services resumed on the downline near New Jalpaiguri station with the Avadh Assam Express being the first train to pass the accident site at 10:42 am yesterday.

The collision occurred near Rangapani station, causing two rear compartments to derail. The location is about seven kilometres from New Jalpaiguri.

An ex-gratia payment of ₹2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund has been announced for the next of kin of each deceased in the mishap. At the same time, the injured will receive ₹50,000.

The Prime Minister, the President of India, and many central ministers extended their condolences. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her shock over the incident on Monday.

Emergency response teams, including doctors and disaster units, were dispatched to the site immediately.

Thirty-seven people were admitted to the hospital immediately after the accident. Out of them, two went home after primary treatment.

Another three underwent surgery. And some others have fractures while most of them have superficial injuries. Doctors are working tirelessly to send all of them safely to their homes.

During the collision with the goods train, the unaffected coaches of the Kanchanjunga Express, arrived at Sealdah station in Kolkata yesterday morning.

At that time there were around nearly 850 passengers. They were provided with medical facilities, food, and water. At least four rear coaches of the train were severely damaged in the collision.

The state ministers and other officials are making arrangements for passengers to reach home safely. In addition, the transport department also provided a few buses and cars to transport passengers home.

Train Kanchanjunga Express from Agartala, scheduled to reach Sealdah at 7:20 p.m. on June 17. That is, it arrived eight hours behind schedule due to the accident.

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