Jalpaiguri: A train accident has taken place near Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. 12 bogies of Bikaner-Guwahati Express have been derailed here. According to reports, nine people were killed and about 45 injured in the accident. On the other hand, it is reported that Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav will reach the spot this morning. Some disturbing pictures of passengers trapped in the debris have surfaced after the train accident. The video of the incident has surfaced which you can see here. On the other hand, according to West Bengal government sources, at least 50 injured have been rescued so far. While sources said, 10 passengers were seriously injured. 24 people have been sent to Jalpaiguri District Hospital while 16 have been sent to Maynaguri Government Hospital.
New Frontier Railway sources said that serious passengers will be shifted to North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri. Railway sources said many passengers are feared trapped inside the derailed coaches and gas cutters are being used to cut the damaged coaches. Officials said the accident took place between New Dimohani and New Maynaguri railway station in West Bengal at around 5 pm when train no. 15633 left Bikaner Junction last Wednesday and was scheduled to reach Guwahati on Thursday evening. The compensation of Rs.5 lakh has been announced for the next of kin of the deceased while Rs.1 lakh has been announced for the seriously injured.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav tweeted last Thursday, "12 coaches of Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailed in an unfortunate accident near New Mayanagudi (West Bengal) this evening. I am personally monitoring the situation for the quick rescue operation. He said, "Spoke to the Hon'ble Prime Minister and briefed him about the rescue operations. A helpline number has also been issued for the same which is this. (0361- 2731622/623)। At present, video footage from the accident site shows people being rescued from the debris of several damaged train coaches lying next to the elevated train track. Police can be seen on the spot helping in relief and rescue operations along with locals and other passengers here. Indian Railways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for the minorly injured passengers.