Kolkata: Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed near Domohani in West Bengal on Thursday evening. While 12 bogies were affected, it has been confirmed that five of them were overturned. The speed of the train at the time of the accident was 40kmph. While ART & ARME/Alipurduar rushed to site, railway authorities also started the rescue process.
The Guwahati-bound train derailed between New Domohani and New Mainaguri stations and four of the compartments were majorly damaged. Some of the passengers were thrown off the train in the impact of the accident and one compartment toppled on top of another. The train left New Domohoni station around 4.53pm and soon after, the train faced the accident, an official said.
Minister of Railways of India Ashwini Vaishnaw said he is personally monitoring the developments and has also spoken to PM Modi. Vaishnaw said that he apprised the Prime Minister about the rescue operations.
Some of the compartments had toppled off the track. However, a senior railway official said that due to the pandemic situation, there were fewer passengers in the train. He said that rescue operations have been started and floodlights and cranes have been sent to the spot.
Around 50 ambulances were sent to the spot to ferry injured passengers. Doctors of the local hospitals were also asked to reach the spot. Even North Bengal Medical College was asked to keep arrangements ready for the accident passengers.
DM of Jalpaiguri, Moumita Godara Basu, said that three dead bodies were spotted and at least ten critical passengers were sent to the hospital. Sources said that around 15 passengers were said to be critical and were admitted to the Mainaguri hospital.
The salvage operation was affected due to darkness for which the railways brought in cranes and lights to conduct the rescue. The officials are trying to trace injured passengers trapped inside the toppled compartments.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee during a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday conveyed to him about the train accident. Senior railway officers and police officers have reached the spot to coordinate the rescue operation. Local people are also trying to assist the rescue operation
Further Investigation Going on….