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Kanchanjunga Express train accident highlights: Restoration and rescue work underway, say officials

Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express wreck LIVE news updates: At least 15 people were dead and around 60 others injured after a goods train slammed into the Kanchanjhunga Express near New Jalpaiguri

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Rescue work underway after a collision between the Kanchanjungha Express and a goods train, near Rangapani railway station, on Monday, June 17, 2024. At least 15 people were killed and 60 others suffered injuries, according to officials. (Photo: PTI)

Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express West Bengal train wreck LIVE updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday conveyed condelences  to families of those killed in the train accident in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district which saw  a goods train slam into the Kanchanjungha Express near Rangapani station in West Bengal on June 17 morning. He slammed the PM Modi-led government's track record on railway safety and attributed the increase in railway accidents over the last decade to "mismanagement and negligence."
The Monday morning collision near New Jalpaiguri took place because a goods train disregarded the signal and hit the Kanchanjungha Express, the chairperson of the Railway Board has said. Chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha stated that five people died in the incident, however, some local reports attributed to railway officials suggested the death count could be as high as 15.
"About fifty passengers have been injured and they have been admitted to the North Bengal Medical College," Sinha said.

At least 15 people were left dead, and about 60 injured in a train collision in West Bengal's Darjeeling district during the early hours of June 17. Rescue operations  were ongoing after a goods train crashed into the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani station in West Bengal on June 17 morning. The accident took place about seven km from Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station. The injured persons  are being taken to nearby hospitals. At least two compartments of the Kanchenjunga Express were derailed after the collision. Railway officials stated that the accident took place around 9 am.

At least 60 people were left injured in the accident, reported PTI. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) reached the site at 11 am. "A gas cutter will be used to clear goods train debris; local ambulances have been arranged for people," Police told local media channels.

The two rear compartments were wrecked under the impact of the collision from behind by the locomotive of the goods train near Rangapani station, about seven km from North Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station,  an official said.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a post on X, said: “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.
“DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated.” 

The 13174 Kanchanjunga Express was bound for Sealdah from Agartala when the accident took place, a railway official said
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CM Adityanath condoles loss of lives in Bengal train accident

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Kanchanjunga Express train accident LIVE: Restoration and rescue work underway, say officials

Restoration and rescue work was underway after the Kanchanjunga Express train accident which left at least eight dead and several persons injured. “Restoration work started by around 12noon and it was going on simultaneously with the rescue work. It would be difficult to give any timeline by when we expect to complete the restoration work,” said Sabyasachi De, chief public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said.
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Kanchanjunga Express accident LIVE update: Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reaches site of incident soon

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West Bengal train accident update: Railway minister Vaishnaw reaches Bengal, to visit site of incident soon

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'Mismanagement and negligence': Rahul Gandhi slams Centre's record on railway safety

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the Narendra Modi government's track record on railway safety. “The news of the death of many people due to the accident of Kanchanjunga Express in West Bengal is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Rahul Gandhi posted on X in Hindi.
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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma condoles loss of lives in Bengal train wreck

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I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured, says Home Minister Amit Shah

"The train accident that happened in New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal is very sad. I express my condolences to those who lost their family members in this unfortunate accident and wish for the speedy recovery of the injured," Home Minister Amit Shah stated on X in Hindi and Bangla.
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Kanchanjungha Express train accident: Railway Board says goods train driver disregarded signal

The West Bengal train accident near New Jalpaiguri happened because a goods train disregarded the signal and hit the Kanchanjungha Express, which was on way to Sealdah from Agartala, the Chairperson of the Railway Board has said. Chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha stated that five people died in the accident, however, some local reports attributed to railway officials suggested the toll could be as high as 15.
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Kharge blames 'Utter mismanagement' by railway ministry for Kanchanjunga train accident

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge slammed the Modi government and the railway ministry for "utter mismanagement" of the Railway services as the senior leader condoled the loss of lives in the West Bengal train accident.
Reacting to the tragedy, Kharge said "Extremely distressed by the Kanchanjunga Express train collision accident in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, where many people have lost their lives and several have been injured." 
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How did the West Bengal train accident take place?

According to preliminary information received from rail officials, the Kanchanjungha Express was stationary on the tracks when the goods train slammed into it from behind. While two rear compartments of the Kanchanjunga Express were immediately thrown off the tracks under the severe impact, another bogie was seen hanging mid-air with the engine of the goods train tucked underneath.

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First Published: Jun 17 2024 | 12:02 PM IST

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