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Kanchanjungha Express accident: Death count rises to 10 after 6-year-old child dies at hospital

At least four coaches in the rear of the train were severely damaged in the collision at Rangapani, about 10 kilometres from New Jalpaiguri station, on a rain-soaked Monday morning in north Bengal.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Updated on: June 18, 2024 12:10 IST
Damaged rail coach after the accident in Siliguri
Image Source : PTI Damaged rail coach after the accident in Siliguri

Kanchanjungha Express accident: The death count rose to 10 in the Kanchanjungha Express accident after a 6-year-old child died at a hospital on Monday. Earlier, it was reported that nine people were killed and over two dozen injured in the Phansidewa area, Darjeeling district, West Bengal.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a drone visual showed railways staffers were still there and working to restore normal train services on the route. 

After the accident, the Railways administration launched massive relief and restoration operations ensuring the normal running of trains. Railways workers removed damaged coaches from the tracks and made them available for normal operation in 12 hours.

The Railway Board on the accident said the prima facie findings into the Kanchanjungha Express accident show that the goods train violated speed restrictions it had to follow given the "defective" automatic signalling system on the section and rammed into the stationary passenger train while "over-speeding".  

Two railway staffers were among the people killed in the accident that occurred on the Ranipatra Railway Station (RNI)-Chattar Hat Junction (CAT) stretch in the state's Darjeeling district in the morning.

The board said though the driver of the goods train was given authorisation to cross all red signals between RNI and CAT as the automatic signalling system was "defective", the train's speed was above the permissible limit prescribed for this kind of a situation.

The goods train driver was "over-speeding" and due to this, it rammed into the Kanchanjungha Express between RNI and CAT, the board said while responding to reports that the driver, who was killed in the accident, was given a written authority called TA 912 by the station master of Ranipatra authorising him to cross all red signals.

However, the Railway Board did not give out the speed the goods train was travelling at on the section. The driver of the Kanchanjungha Express adhered to the norms to be followed during a defect in the automatic signalling system, stopped at all red signals for one minute and proceeded at 10 kmph, but the goods train's driver "disregarded" the norms and hit the stationary passenger train from behind, the board said.

"The TA 912 was issued to the (goods train) driver and, according to norms, when encountering an automatic signal at "ON" aspect (red signal) and after waiting for the prescribed time, the driver should have proceeded with great caution at speed not exceeding 15 kmph where visibility is good, and not exceeding 10 kmph where visibility is not good until the next stop signal," an official said, explaining the norms.

(With agencies inputs)

Also read: Kanchanjungha Express accident: Rail services resume after 12 hours, first video emerges | WATCH

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