Horrific train accident in West Bengal: Death toll rises further
Nine bodies have been recovered so far in a horrific train accident in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. The accident took place on Thursday (January 13) when the 15833 Up Bikaner-Guwahati Express from Patna in Bihar to Guwahati in Assam derailed.
According to Indian media, at least 100 injured passengers have been rescued. However, the number of injured is high. Even the death toll could rise further, according to Indian media. Besides, Indian Railways has announced a one-time financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the families of those killed in the accident.
It is learned that the accident took place at 5 pm local time on Thursday. The Bikaner-Guwahati Express from Patna in Bihar to Guwahati in Assam derailed in Domahani area of Mainaguri. After the accident, 4-5 compartments of the train were completely twisted.
One room goes up to another room. A compartment of the train also fell into the water. Since the train’s engine, 12 compartments have been damaged in the accident.
Of these, 6 rooms have suffered the most damage. At the time of the accident, the speed of the train was 40 kilometers per hour, they said. The train was carrying about 800 passengers when it left. Later passengers got on and off from different stations.
Passengers were seen scattered on both sides of the railway line after the accident. Anandabazar said the rescue operation was carried out overnight. Members of the Indian National Disaster Response Force, BSF, also carried out rescue operations in the thick fog of the morning.
The search for life continues from the room that has been twisted and overturned on the side of the line. Many people have been rescued. Anandabazar said that many people are still missing.
Meanwhile, 37 of the injured are undergoing treatment at Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. The condition of many of them is critical.
Meanwhile, Indian Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav went to the accident site on Friday morning. Arriving there, he said, ‘It is a very sad event. I am personally examining the situation here.
An investigation has also been launched. Condolences to the families of the victims. The Prime Minister is keeping an eye on the matter. I am here to find out the root cause of this accident. ‘
Ansul Gupta, general manager of Indian Railways, said a committee had been set up to look into the cause of the accident, whether there was a technical glitch or a problem with the rail line.