Bikaner-Guwahati Train Accident: Death Toll Rises to 9, 37 Injured

Death tally in North Bengal’s train accident has increased to nine and 37 people are admitted in hospitals as officials said that no more passengers are trapped in the wrecked coaches.

Out of 37, six injured passengers are in critical condition and have been shifted to Siliguri’s North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, while others are being treated at hospitals in Jalpaiguri and Maynaguri district.

On Thursday, twelve coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailed near the Maynaguri town of West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district

Taking stock of the situation, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the accident spot on Friday morning and told the media, “We have carried out a detailed inspection of the tracks. It appears a sudden failure in equipment led to the accident. We have ordered an inquiry which will find the root cause.”

He added that disbursal of compensation to the victims’ families has already begun.  

“Preliminary inquiry shows there was a glitch in locomotive equipment. The Commission of Rail Safety is conducting an inquiry to find the root cause behind the accident,” Vaishnaw was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. 

Chief Public Relations Officer of the North East Frontier Railway, Guneet Kaur told NDTV that all survivors in the Express train were brought out of the coaches by midnight and the tracks are now being cleared and restored.

The Railway minister on Thursday, announcing compensation for the passengers said that the families of those killed in the accident will receive Rs 5 lakh, those seriously injured will get Rs 1 lakh and Rs 25,000 will be given for minor injuries.

The accident occurred around 5 pm on Thursday. Hundreds of people from nearby villages rushed to help the victims as teams of the National Disaster Response Force joined the rescue work later.

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