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Kanchanjungha Express accident HIGHLIGHTS: Death count rises to 9

Kanchanjungha Express accident HIGHLIGHTS: Reacting to the fatal train accident, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, "Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations going on at war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working in close coordination."

Edited By : Raju Kumar, Ashesh Mallick
Siliguri
Updated on: June 17, 2024 23:11 IST
Visual from the spot
Image Source : PTI Visual from the spot

Kanchanjungha Express accident HIGHLIGHTSA tragic rail accident took place in West Bengal's Siliguri on Monday morning. A speeding freight train collided with the stationed Kanchanjungha Express near Rangapani station. The train had passed Siliguri, en route from New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) to Sealdah. The freight train hit Kanchanjunga Express from behind damaging three coaches. The visual said the coaches were flanged after the collision. Railway authorities confirmed the incident occurred between Rangapani and Nijbari stations. 

Also read: Kanchanjungha Express accident: Railways issues helpline numbers, check details

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  • 8:12 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar visits Kanchenjunga Express train accident site

    Union Minister and West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar visited the Kanchenjunga Express train accident site in Darjeeling district.

  • 6:17 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    'Railways totally parentless': Mamata alleges Centre keen on only increasing fares

    Alleging that the railways have become "totally parentless", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday claimed that it was only keen on increasing fares and not improving passenger amenities. Banerjee was speaking to the press at the Kolkata airport on the way to Siliguri to take stock of the situation following the train accident near Rangapani in which several people were killed.

  • 6:15 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    UP line (Trains going towards New Jalpaiguri) restored 17.40hrs

    Up line (Trains going towards New Jalpaiguri) restored at 17.40hrs. Down line will also be restored shortly.

    (With inputs from Gonika)

  • 5:51 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    Ashwini Vaishnaw meets injured at hospital

    Ashwini Vaishnaw visited North Bengal Medical College in Siliguri and met the injured.

  • 5:07 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visits Kanchenjunga Express train accident site in Darjeeling

    He said, "Right now our focus is on restoration. This is the main line. The rescue operation has been completed. This is not the time for politics. I will also meet the injured..."

  • 4:58 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose leaves for Bagdogra from Kolkata airport

    He will meet the injured of the Kanchenjunga Express train accident in Darjeeling district.

  • 4:09 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    Ashwini Vaishnaw reaches accident site

    Ashwini Vaishnaw reached the accident site to take stock of the situation.

  • 3:58 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    Death count rises to 9

    The death count in the train accident rose to 9.

  • 3:25 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    Present rail minister should take class from best railway minister in century Mamata Banerjee: TMC

    "Several parts of this rail department are being sold to several private sectors. On the contrary, when Mamata Banerjee used to be the railway minister, perhaps she was the best railway minister in this century. Without increasing the rail fare by a single penny, she brought so many projects," TMC MP Santanu Sen said.

  • 3:24 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    19 trains cancelled after Kanchenjunga Express train met with accident

    19 trains were cancelled after the Kanchenjunga Express train met with an accident in the Phansidewa area of the Darjeeling district, West Bengal

  • 3:22 PM (IST) Posted by Ashesh Mallick

    Very unfortunate incident: Tripura CM

    "I had a word with Union Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw...This is a very unfortunate incident," Tripura CM Manik Saha said.

  • 2:17 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Passenger train was stationary when goods train rams into it

    According to preliminary information received from rail officials, the passenger train was stationary on the tracks when the goods train rammed into it from behind.

     

  • 1:42 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Death count rises to 8

    At least 8 passengers died and 60 others were injured, after three rear coaches of the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday morning as a goods train collided with it in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district, officials said. The toll could rise, as multiple agencies of the state and Centre were simultaneously working on war footing along with locals to rescue passengers who could still be trapped inside, they said.

  • 1:25 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Enhanced ex-gratia compensation will be provided to the victims: Vaishnaw

    Ashwini Vaishnaw enhanced an ex-gratia compensation. Vaishnaw, in an X Post, said "Enhanced ex-gratia compensation will be provided to the victims; ₹10 Lakh in case of death, ₹2.5 Lakh towards grievous and ₹50,000 for minor injuries."

  • 1:19 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Railway Ministry constitutes team to probe Kanchanjungha train mishap

    Ministry of Railway said a team has been constituted that will report the investigation into the accident.

  • 1:04 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Rescue operation completed, says Railway Chairman

    Jaya Varma Sinha Chairman and CEO Railway Board, said that the rescue operation was completed in the Kanchenjunga Express, goods train accident. 

  • 12:51 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Loco pilot disregarded signal, says Chairman Railway Board

    "Rescue operation completed. The driver (Loco pilot) who disregarded the signal has died & also the guard of Kanchenjunga Express has lost his life. Help desks established at all railway stations along Agartala- Sealdah route," said Jaya Varma Sinha Chairman & CEO Railway Board.

  • 12:44 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Driver and assistant driver of goods train and guard of Kanchenjunga Express train: CEO Railway Board

    Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairman & CEO Railway Board, "Driver and assistant driver of the goods train and guard of Kanchenjunga Express train have died in the incident."

  • 12:41 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    PM Modi announces ex-gratia

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF (Prime Minister's National Relief Fund). 

    "PM @narendramodi has announced that an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased in the railway mishap in West Bengal. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000," the PMO posted on X.

  • 12:19 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    PM Modi reacts to Kanchanjungha Express accident

    PM Modi reacted to Kanchanjungha Express accident, saying he spoke to officials and took stock of the situation. ADVERTISEMENT "The railway accident in West Bengal is saddening. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to officials and took stock of the situation. Rescue operations are underway to assist the affected. The Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw Ji is on the way to the site of the mishap as well," the PM posted on X.

  • 12:18 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Railways issues helpline numbers

    Railways issued helpline numbers for the families of the passengers who were travelling on Kanchanjungha Express which met an accident on Monday.

  • 12:02 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Death count rises to eight

    According to the Railways authorities, the death count rose to eight in the Kanchanjungha Express accident.

  • 12:01 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    A high-level meeting soon: Sources

    A high-level meeting may be held soon on rail safety and accidents, said the sources, adding a committee to investigate the accident will be announced soon.

  • 11:59 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families: President

    President Droupadi Murmu, in an X post, said, "The news of the loss of lives due to a train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is deeply distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and the success of relief and rescue operations."

  • 11:41 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw leaves for Darjeeling

    Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is leaving for Darjeeling to visit Kanchenjunga Express train accident site.

  • 11:38 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Indian Railways officials monitoring the situation

    Indian Railways officials in Delhi are monitoring the situation at the accident site in West Bengal Five passengers have died and many were injured after a goods train rammed into Kanchenjunga Express train in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

  • 11:13 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Swift rescue operations are underwa: MoS Railways Ravneet Singh Bittu

    MoS Railways Ravneet Singh Bittu said, "A tragic accident has occurred in the NFR zone. Swift rescue operations are underway with coordinated efforts from Railways, NDRF, and SDRF. The injured are being quickly moved to hospitals. Senior officials are on-site to supervise." 

  • 11:07 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Loco pilot dies in fatal rail accident

    At least five people, including a loco pilot died in the fatal rail accident after the Sealdah-bound 13174 Kanchanjungha Express was hit by a goods train from behind.

  • 11:02 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Railways issues helpline numbers

    The DRM Seldah Division said, "For any enquiry in connection with the collision of Train No.13174 - Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express, Helpline Numbers at Sealdah is: BSNL No. 033-2350 8794,  Railway Auto Phone No. 033-238333826."

    Further, the helpline numbers has also been issued by Guwahati Railway Station (03612731621, 03612731622, 03612731623), Kir Station Help Desk (6287801805), Emergency New Jalpaiguri (+916287801758) and Help line Number at Katihar (09002041952, 9771441956).

     

  • 11:00 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    First visual from accident site

    The fatal accident happened when Kanchenjunga Express train was rammed by a goods train at Ruidhasa in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. A police team was present at the spot and a rescue work is underway.

  • 10:57 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Five passengers have died: Additional SP of Darjeeling Police

    Abhishek Roy, Additional SP of Darjeeling Police, said, "Five passengers have died, 20-25 injured in the accident. The situation is serious. The incident occurred when a goods train rammed into Kanchenjunga Express." 

  • 10:55 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw's first reaction

    Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reacted to the train collision involving a goods train and the Kanchanjungha Express near New Jalpaiguri on Monday. Vaishnaw termed the incident "unfortunate" and noted that senior officials were promptly dispatched to the site.  

  • 10:38 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's reaction

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her shock over the tragic accident in the Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. She stated that the Kanchanjungha Express had been hit by a freight train and detailed teams, including the District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, doctors, ambulances, and disaster response teams, have been dispatched for rescue and medical assistance. Efforts are underway on a war footing to address the situation.

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