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Kanchanjunga Express Accident Highlights: Unaffected train portion reaches Malda town

Kanchanjunga Express Accident Highlights: The train was coming from Agartala and was heading to Sealdah station in Kolkata.
People gather at the site after a goods train hit the Kanchanjunga Express travelling from Silchar, Assam to Sealdah, West Bengal from behind, in Darjeeling on Monday.
People gather at the site after a goods train hit the Kanchanjunga Express travelling from Silchar, Assam to Sealdah, West Bengal from behind, in Darjeeling on Monday.

Kanchanjunga Express Accident Highlights: At least 9 passengers died, and 41 others were injured after three rear coaches of the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday morning after a goods train collided with it from the rear in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district. Officials fear that the toll could rise as multiple agencies of the state and Centre work to rescue passengers who could still be trapped inside. Visuals from the site showed one of the bogies suspended in mid-air....Read More

The accident occurred at around 8:30am and took place some 11 km from New Jalpaiguri station in north Bengal, one of the largest and busiest stations in the Northeast Frontier Railway zone in eastern and northeastern India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a compensation of 10 lakh from PMNRF for the next of kin of each deceased 2.5 lakh towards grievous and 50,000 for minor injuries.

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Railway officials said that a preliminary probe indicated that the loco pilot of the goods train disregarded the signal, which led to the mishap. The loco pilot of the goods train and the guard of the passenger train are among those killed in the accident.

Meanwhile, a total of 19 trains have been cancelled so far on the New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction, Bagdogra and Aluabari Road routes in the wake of the major train accident.

The accident blocked both Up and Down lines and halted train movements in the area, affecting long-distance train services from north Bengal and the northeastern part of the country.

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June 17, 2024 10:23 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: BJP only doing publicity of Vande Bharat, says Mamata Banerjee

After visiting the victims who were injured in the train accident in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, chief minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the central government over their alleged negligence towards Railways saying that they have only engaged in publicity of Vande Bharat trains.

“I started so many things, but they are only doing publicity of Vande Bharat trains. Where is Duronto Express? After the Rajdhani Express, Duronto was the fastest train. During the time of elections they inaugurate Vande Bharats. This does not work…” she said, according to ANI.

June 17, 2024 9:41 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Bengal Governor meets train accident victims

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose met the injured of the Kanchenjunga Express train accident at North Bengal Medical College and said that all stakeholders should stand together in the hour of crisis, reported ANI.

"I saw the patients and discussed with the doctors, the situation is under control. They are being given the best treatment. They are being given the best medical facilities. This is a tragedy in which we will all stand together. All steps will be taken for the rehabilitation of those admitted to the hospital," Bose said.

June 17, 2024 8:43 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Unaffected train portion reaches Malda town

The unaffected portion of Kanchanjunga Express has reached Malda town in West Bengal, reports PTI.

At least nine people were killed and 41 injured after a goods train rammed into the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express from behind in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district earlier today.

June 17, 2024 8:09 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Human error or technical fault – what led to the Bengal train tragedy?

Hours after the train accident in West Bengal, which left nine people dead and dozens injured, top officials of the Indian Railways claimed that prima facie it was a human error which led to the accident.

“A goods train disregarded the signal and hit the Kanchanjunga Express from the rear. Prima facie it appears to be a human error. We will be able to know more about it after the enquiry. He (the driver of the goods train) was supposed to stop but it appears he didn’t stop. These are the first indications,” Jaya Verma Sinha, CEO and chairperson of the railway board told the media in New Delhi. Read more.

June 17, 2024 7:45 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Mamata Banerjee meets those injured

"I got the information at around 9 am. We sent medical vans with a team of doctors to the accident spot. The rescue operation was over within hours. I spoke to the patients," says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee after meeting the injured at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. (PTI)

June 17, 2024 7:17 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Mamata Banerjee attacks BJP over mishap

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, while attacking BJP, said, “They (BJP) have so many talking points and beautification of words. It is just like fashion. But they don't take care of passengers' amenities.”

June 17, 2024 7:02 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: 9 people suffered serious injuries, says Railways

In a statement, the railway ministry said that nine people suffered grievous injuries and 32 simple or minor injuries.

The "Up line" has been cleared and train operations have started, it said and added that "the 'Down line' will also be cleared shortly.

June 17, 2024 6:45 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Tripura govt sends officials to site

Following the train mishap in Darjeeling of West Bengal, which claimed nine lives and left over 40 injured, the Tripura government has sent a 2-member team of officials of the state government to extend assistance to the injured, reports ANI.

June 17, 2024 6:27 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: INDIA bloc pans government over Bengal train accident

The Opposition's INDIA bloc on Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government over the West Bengal train accident, which led to the death of at least seven passengers and two employees. Read here.

June 17, 2024 6:05 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Ashwini Vaishnaw meets those injured

Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is at the North Bengal Medical College in Siliguri to meet those injured in the train accident, reports ANI.

June 17, 2024 5:47 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: UP CM Adityanath condoles loss of lives

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has condoled the loss of lives in the train accident in West Bengal.

"The loss of life in the train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is extremely sad and heart-breaking. My condolences are with the bereaved families. I pray to Lord Shri Ram to give a place to the departed souls in his feet and provide speedy recovery to the injured," he wrote on X in Hindi.

June 17, 2024 5:37 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Two railway staff among 9 killed

A total of 9 people have died in the train accident in West Bengal. Among them were 7 passengers and 2 railway staff.

Nine persons are hospitalised with serious injuries, while 32 others suffered minor injuries.

June 17, 2024 5:22 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Survivors recount harrowing experience

Johnson Chettri and Kisan Chettri had a miraculous escape while two of their fellow passengers went missing after a speeding goods train rammed into the Kanchanjunga Express on Monday morning in Darjeeling district, killing around 9 people.

Giving a first-hand account of the accident, Kisan said, “It was around 8.30am when I heard a big bang and felt a sudden huge jerk. I was playing games on my mobile. Immediately, our coach started tumbling as commotion filled the air inside the coach.” Read more.

June 17, 2024 4:57 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Railway Safety Commission will conduct a thorough investigation, says Ashwini Vaishnaw

"Commission of Railway Safety will conduct a thorough investigation. Rescue operation has concluded and now the focus is on restoration, this is the main line. We will identify the reason behind this accident and will take proper preventive measures for the future," says Union Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw after reaching the accident site, according to PTI.

June 17, 2024 4:53 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at accident site

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Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is at the train accident site in West Bengal's Rangapani.

June 17, 2024 4:48 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Increase in railway accidents result of Centre's mismanagement, alleges Congress

On Kanchenjunga Express train accident, Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda alleges that the increase in railway accidents in the last 10 years is a result of the mismanagement and negligence of the Centre towards the railways.

“On behalf of the Congress Party, we pay our condolences. We pray for the speedy recovery of all those injured. The increase in railway accidents in the last 10 years is a result of the mismanagement and negligence of the Central Government towards the railways. Due to which, the lives of passengers are being lost every day. As a responsible opposition, we will continue to question this negligence and will seek answers from the government in Parliament as well."

June 17, 2024 4:34 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visits train accident site

Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has reached the accident site in West Bengal's Rangapani, reports PTI

June 17, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Prima facie a human error, says Railway Board chief

The goods train that rammed into a Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express in West Bengal killing at least eight people appeared to have “disregarded the signal” to stop, Railway Board chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha says.

“Prima facie, it appears to be human error but we will know more after the inquiry,” Sinha told reporters. “Unfortunately, the driver (of the cargo train) also perished in the accident… So we have no authentic way of knowing what exactly happened. Whatever we can gather from the situation, it seems there was a disregard for the signal,” she said. Read more.

June 17, 2024 4:23 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: What is Kavach, anti-collision system missing from Kanchanjunga Express route?

The Kanchanjunga Express accident has once again brought attention to the Kavach anti-collision system, which is set to be installed on all rail routes in the country.

Kavach, which is a made-in-India system for trains specifically designed to prevent collisions, is not yet installed on the train tracks in Darjeeling, where the Kanchanjunga Express train accident happened. Read more.

June 17, 2024 4:09 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Mamata Banerjee criticises Railway ministry

Criticising the Railway ministry, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee says: “…They (Railway ministry) don't care about passenger amenities. They don't even care about railway officials, railway engineers, railway technical staff and workers. They are also in trouble. Their old pension has been withdrawn. I am completely with the railway employees and railway officials. They are trying their best.”

She adds: "But this government only cares about the election. How to go for hacking, how to go for manipulation, how to go for rig the election... I think they should give more time for the governance, not for utterance."

June 17, 2024 4:06 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Monitoring situation since 9 am, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, before leaving for Darjeeling, says: “Our administration was alert even before the government of India received the information. I have also been monitoring the situation since 9 a.m. The entire administration, including the chief secretary, the DM, and the police... We have sent ambulances and doctors for the rescue operation.”

June 17, 2024 3:53 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Puducherry CM expresses shock

Puducherry chief minister N Rangasamy has expressed shock and deep sorrow over the death of passengers in the train accident in West Bengal.

Rangasamy said, "the mishap is a matter of deep sorrow, and I am shocked over the incident leaving several passengers dead. I convey my grief to the bereaved families."

June 17, 2024 3:37 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Railway minister lands in West Bengal

Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has reached the Bagdogra airport in West Bengal. He will soon leave for the Kanchenjunga Express train accident site in Darjeeling district, reports ANI.

June 17, 2024 3:26 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: 19 trains on route cancelled

A total of 19 trains have been cancelled so far on the New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction, Bagdogra and Aluabari Road routes in the wake of the major train accident in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district.

The accident blocked both Up and Down lines and halted train movements in the area, affecting long-distance train services from north Bengal and the country's northeastern part. Read more

June 17, 2024 3:16 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Tripura govt sending team to accident site

The Tripura government is sending a team to the Kanchanjunga train accident site in West Bengal to provide all possible help to the passengers from the state, PTI reported, citing an official.

Tripura home secretary Pradip Kumar Chakravarty told reporters that chief minister Manik Saha has spoken to Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw over the accident and is personally monitoring the situation.

"The Kanchanjunga Express left Agartala station on Sunday. We have sought passenger data from the railway authority to check if there is any casualty from our state," Chakravarty said, according to PTI.

June 17, 2024 2:59 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi govt over incident

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed his condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the train accident in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district.

“The news of the death of many people due to the accident of Kanchanjunga Express in West Bengal is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Rahul Gandhi posted on X in Hindi. Read more.

June 17, 2024 2:40 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: ‘Many passengers were from Assam,’ says CM Himanta Biswa Sarma


Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma tells reporters: "I have spoken to the Railway minister regarding the accident. The train was from Tripura & passes through Assam. There will be many passengers from Assam. We remain concerned about the passengers...Whatever needs to be done will be done..." (ANI)

June 17, 2024 2:36 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Signal had been defective since 5.50 am, reports PTI

West Bengal train accident LIVE: The automatic signalling system between Ranipatra Railway Station and Chattar Hat Junction in West Bengal, where the goods train hit Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express from behind, was defective since 5.50 in the morning, PTI is reporting, citing a source in the railway.

June 17, 2024 2:24 PM IST

Kanchanjunga Express Accident LIVE: Railway Board says goods train driver disregarded signal

West Bengal train accident LIVE: The Monday morning collision near New Jalpaiguri happened because a goods train disregarded the signal and hit the Kanchanjungha Express, which was on way to Sealdah from Agartala, the Chairperson of the Railway Board has said, reported news agency PTI.

According to chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha, five people died in the incident, however, some local reports attributed to railway officials suggested the toll could be as high as 15.

"Five passengers have died. The loco pilot of the goods train and the guard of Kanchanjungha Express have also lost their lives. About fifty passengers have been injured and they have been admitted to the North Bengal Medical College," Sinha said.

June 17, 2024 2:14 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Rahul Gandhi condoles death of victims

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed sorrow over the accident of the Kanchanjunga Express. Taking to X, he wrote: "The news of the death of many people due to the accident of Kanchenjunga Express in West Bengal is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured. The government should immediately provide full compensation to all the victims or their families."

June 17, 2024 1:37 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: The death toll could rise, say railway officials

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, officials said.

The deceased include the pilot and co-pilot of the goods train, a senior railway official said.

June 17, 2024 1:25 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Centre increases compensation for kin of deceased; injured passengers

Enchanced ex-gratia compensation will be provided to the victims - 10 lakhs in case of death and 2.5 lakhs towards grievous and 50,000 for minor injuries: Ashwini Vaishnaw, Railway minister

June 17, 2024 1:15 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Mamata Banerjee to visit crash site

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to visit train accident site in New Jalpaiguri to take stock of relief operations, says official.

June 17, 2024 1:03 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Congress will continue to hold Modi govt accountable, says party chief Mallikarjun Kharge

In the past 10 years, Modi Govt has indulged in the utter mismanagement of the Railway Ministry. As a responsible Opposition, it is our bounden duty to underline how the Modi Govt has systematically converted the Rail Ministry into a platform of 'Camera-driven' self-promotion! Make no mistake, we will remain persistent with our questions and shall make the Modi Govt accountable for its criminal abandonment of the Indian Railways: Mallikarjun Kharge

June 17, 2024 12:58 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Toll in West Bengal train accident mounts to 15, 60 injured

At least 15 people died and around 60 others were injured after a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani station in West Bengal on Monday, police said.

Three rear compartments of the express train derailed under the impact of the collision from behind by the locomotive of the goods train, railway officials said.

Rescue operations are underway at the spot, about 30 km from North Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station, and the injured persons were being shifted to nearby hospitals.

"At least 15 people have died in the accident till now and 60 suffered injuries," a senior police officer told PTI.

June 17, 2024 12:40 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Rescue operation completed, says Railway Board chairman

"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, " says Jaya Varma Sinha Chairman & CEO Railway Board.

June 17, 2024 12:39 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Three railway personnel among those killed

Three railway personnel among those killed in the tragic accident in West Bengal.

June 17, 2024 12:34 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: G Kishan Reddy expresses sorrow over train accident

“Deeply saddened to hear about the tragic train accident in Darjeeling district, West Bengal. Heartfelt condolences go out to those who have lost their loved ones, and I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. May the almighty grant strength to the bereaved families during this difficult time,” tweets G Kishan Reddy.

June 17, 2024 12:29 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Death toll rises to 15

Death toll in West Bengal train accident rises to 15, 60 injured, news agency PTI reported citing the official.

June 17, 2024 12:26 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Ashwini Vaishnaw on train accident

➡️ State Government is continuously monitoring the situation since morning.

➡️ Tripura Bhawan officials instructed to visit accident site for proper monitoring of rescue and rehabilitation of accident victims.

➡️ Cost of treatment of all injured will be borne by the State government

➡️ In case of any unfortunate accidental death, State Government has declared Rs. 2 lakhs ex-gratia payment to the next to kin of the victim.

June 17, 2024 12:18 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: PM Modi announces ₹2 lakh ex-gratia

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.

June 17, 2024 12:14 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: I've no doubt that the govt will take corrective action, says former railways minister Dinesh Trivedi

On Kanchenjunga Express train accident in West Bengal, Former Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi says, "It is too early to talk about the cause of it but in the modern times it required an inquiry and deep corrections...I am guessing that possibly this engine did not have 'Kavach' (an automatic train protection (ATP) system)...I've no doubt that the govt will take corrective action."

June 17, 2024 12:09 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: PM Modi condoles loss of lives

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.

June 17, 2024 12:01 PM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: The rescue operation is going on a war footing, says CPRO Sabyasachi De

NF Railway CPRO Sabyasachi De says, "Around 25 people have been injured and they have been shifted to the nearby hospital. They are non-fatal injuries. The rescue operation is going on a war footing. We are trying to finish the rescue operation as soon as possible. Senior officials have already reached the site. According to the preliminary information that Kanchenjunga was hit from the rear by a goods train...We have information of 8 deaths..."

June 17, 2024 11:56 AM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Railway minister to take stock of relief operations

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday left for West Bengal to take stock of relief operations after a goods train collided with the Kanchanjunga Express near New Jalpaiguri.

At least five persons died and around 30 others were injured after the accident near Rangapani station in West Bengal.

Soon after the accident, Vaishnaw said on X that, "Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations going on at war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working in close coordination. Injured are being shifted to the hospital. Senior officials have reached site."

June 17, 2024 11:46 AM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Indian Railways officials in Delhi monitoring the situation

June 17, 2024 11:44 AM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: RJD accuses Modi-led centre for train accident

On the Kanchenjunga Express train accident, RJD leader Bhai Virendra says, "The country whose railways have been privatised, accidents will happen in that country. Earlier, when accidents happened during the Congress and UPA government, ministers used to resign. Now, no minister resigns after such big accidents. We don't have any hopes from this government... This government is of a gang which is responsible for these things..."

June 17, 2024 11:42 AM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: President Murmu condoles on tragic accident

“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 success of relief and rescue operations," President Droupadi Murmu tweeted.

June 17, 2024 11:40 AM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: VP Dhankhar condoles loss of lives

“The loss of lives in a train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is truly distressing. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved families, and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” tweets Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar

June 17, 2024 11:33 AM IST

West Bengal train accident LIVE: Ashwini Vaishnaw leaving for Darjeeling

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

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