Five people died and 30 were injured in a collision between a goods train and the Kanchenjunga Express in West Bengal

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Kolkata: At least five people were killed and around 30 others injured when a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchenjunga Express near Rangapani station in West Bengal on Monday, police said on Monday.

This accident happened about seven kilometers away from New Jalpaiguri station in North Bengal. At present, rescue and relief work is going on at the spot. The injured are being admitted to nearby hospitals.

A senior police officer said, “So far five people have died in this accident and about 30 people have been injured. Their condition is not serious.” Meanwhile, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said on the social media platform ‘X’, “This unfortunate accident happened in the NFR zone. Rescue operations are going on on a war footing.

Railways, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are working in coordination. The injured are being rushed to hospital. Senior officials have reached the spot.” A senior police official said the goods train engine hit the Kanchenjunga Express from behind, causing the rear three coaches of the Kanchenjunga Express to derail.

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Katihar Division of North Frontier Railway said that 13174 Kanchenjunga Express was going from Agartala to Sealdah when this accident happened. State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also keeping an eye on this accident. On the social media platform ‘X’, she wrote that relief and rescue work is going on on a war footing in the presence of District Magistrate, Senior Superintendent of Police, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams.

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