KOLKATA: Several passengers are feared to have died following the derailment of several compartments of Up Bikaner-Guwahati Express around 5pm on Thursday at Domahani in Mainaguri area of Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
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.
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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.
1/5In photos: Bikaner-Guwahati Express derails in Bengal Previous NextShow Captions<p>The Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailed near Domohani in West Bengal on Thursday.</p><p>Twelve coaches of the express train derailed and toppled sideways.</p><p>Three persons were killed while more than 10 have been injured.</p><p>The incident took place around 5pm in an area under Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway.</p><p>A relief and rescue operation is underway, railway officials said.</p>
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.