Eight Dead in Bengal’s Siliguri Train Collision: Kanchanjunga Express Derails After Goods Train Strikes

Guwahati, 17th June: In a tragic incident on Monday, June 17, a collision between the Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train in Bengal’s Siliguri resulted in the deaths of eight people and left several others injured. Among the deceased were the driver, his assistant, and the guard of the express train.

The Kanchanjunga Express, traveling from Agartala in Tripura to Sealdah station in Kolkata, derailed after being struck by the goods train. Preliminary investigations by the Railway Board suggest that human error led to the accident. Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairman and CEO of the Railway Board, indicated that the goods train driver had overshot a signal, causing the fatal crash.

Three of the victims have been identified as residents of Assam’s Kokrajhar: Bipin Chandra Ray (47), Dipak K Rabha (36), and Amrish Singh (35). Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Public Relations Officer Sabyasachi De confirmed that rescue operations have been completed and the injured have been transported to a nearby hospital. The death toll has risen to eight from an initial count of five.

Jaya Varma Sinha reiterated the tragic loss of life, noting that both the driver of the goods train and the guard of the Kanchanjunga Express were among the dead. She emphasized the apparent cause of the accident, stating, “The driver who disregarded the signal has died, and also the guard of the Kanchanjunga Express has lost his life. Help desks have been established at all railway stations along the Agartala-Sealdah route.”

This incident underscores the critical importance of adhering to railway signals and protocols to prevent such devastating accidents.

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