Kanchanjunga Express Accident: 9 killed, over 40 injured...

S Venkateshwari
Kanchanjunga Express Accident: 9 killed, over 40 injured...


In West Bengal's darjeeling district, 11 km from New Jalpaiguri station, the Kanchanjunga Express, heading towards Sealdah from Agartala, was struck from behind by a goods train, resulting in nine fatalities and at least forty injuries. On Monday, the event happened at 8:55 a.m. Seven passengers, the loco pilot of the freight train traveling from Amingaon, Assam, to Jharsuguda, Odisha, and an additional Railways employee are among the deceased. The effect of the accident was so great that three coaches at the back of the Kanchanjunga Express derailed beneath the Northeast Frontier Railway zone, between the stations of Rangapani and Chhatarhat. Rescue operations started right away, but because siliguri had been experiencing a lot of rain since the morning, it took some time to free the stranded people.

Abhishek Roy, Additional Superintendent of Police, Kurseong, stated at the scene of the accident that "the local people were very helpful." When he heard a loud noise, 32-year-old Muhammad Momirul was among the first to run to the accident scene. Eid was being celebrated by many in his area, and the moment the incident happened, the celebrations came to an abrupt end. The passenger train's wheel crushed the locomotive pilot. He was already dead. Momirul remarked, "I regret not being able to save a man who died holding my hand." The first responders were about 150 residents of Chotonirmal hamlet, which is situated directly below the railroad tracks. 

The incident also had an impact on long-distance train services. It happened on the important rail link connecting kolkata and Siliguri. This is the biggest number of fatalities from a railway catastrophe since the Balasore train crash of the previous year, which claimed 296 lives. The two coaches that derailed on Monday, according to Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, were parcel coaches. The Kanchenjunga Express and a cargo train collided when the train overshot. Vaishnaw, who was at the time keeping an eye on the situation in the war room in Delhi, stated, "Rescue operations are underway." Then he headed to the scene of the accident. He claimed that "in close coordination," the indian Railways, the National Disaster Response Force, and the State Disaster Response Force executed the rescue.


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