Siliguri Kanchanjunga Express Collision Claims More Than 5 Lives, Injures More Than 25

Siliguri Kanchanjunga Express Collision
Preeti Bali / 6:08 am / June 17, 2024

A devastating train collision occurred in Siliguri, West Bengal on Monday, claiming the lives of five passengers and leaving approximately 25 others injured. The Kanchanjunga Express, traveling from Agartala to Sealdah station in Kolkata, was struck from behind by a goods train near the Rangapani region, causing two of its coaches to derail.

Swift Response and Rescue Efforts

The incident, which took place around 9 a.m., prompted a swift response from authorities. Abhishek Roy, Additional Superintendent of Police of Darjeeling, described the situation as “serious” and confirmed the casualties. Rescue operations were immediately initiated, with ambulances, doctors, and disaster teams rushed to the scene.

Government Officials Express Concern and Assure Assistance

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her shock and concern over the tragedy, assuring that all necessary measures were being taken to assist the victims. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also confirmed that rescue efforts were underway on a “war footing”, with the Railways, NDRF, and SDRF working in close coordination.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha expressed his condolences and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured. He stated that the state government was in contact with railway authorities to ensure the safety and rescue of the passengers.

Investigation and Disruptions

The collision has caused significant disruptions to rail services in the region. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

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