Railway collision of goods train and Kanchanjunga Express in eastern India kills 15

According to the local reports around 15 bodies have been pulled from the collapsed carriages.

Railway collision of goods train and Kanchanjunga Express in eastern India kills 15

On Monday, a freight train collided with the back of a stationary passenger train in India's West Bengal state, resulting in the deaths of at least 15 individuals and injuries to dozens more, according to police. Railway authorities attributed the accident to a neglected signal.

At least 15 bodies have been pulled from the collapsed carriages, Abhishek Roy, a senior police official in the eastern state's district of Darjeeling, the site of the accident, said.

Nearly 30 people were injured and rescue teams from the police and national disaster response force were working with doctors and residents of the area to clear debris from the derailed carriages, Roy added.

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The goods train collided with the Kanchanjunga Express, which was travelling to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, from the northeastern state of Tripura. This caused three carriages of the passenger train to derail. It is not immediately clear how many passengers were on board during the collision.

Rescue work has been completed, Sinha said, while authorities were working to restore traffic, although the damage had been less extensive than initially feared.

"The guard's compartment in the passenger train was badly damaged," he added. "There were two parcel vans attached ahead of it which reduced the extent of damage to passengers."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences on the loss of life in the accident and said Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was on his way to the site.

'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 Ashwini Vaishnaw Ji is on the way to the site of the mishap as well', as per Twitter.

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