NEW DELHI: NEW DELHI: At least one loco pilot died, and 16 people were seriously injured after the Sealdah-bound 13174 Kanchanjungha Express collided with a goods train on Monday morning near New Jalpaiguri, a senior North Frontier Railway (NFR) official confirmed. The incident occurred around 9 am near Rangapani, close to the New Jalpaiguri station.
The collision resulted in the derailment of at least two rear compartments of the Kanchanjungha Express.The locomotive of the goods train struck the express train from behind, causing significant damage and derailment of the compartments.
The divisional railway manager (DRM) of NFR’s Katihar division said the impact of the collision led to the derailment of the train’s rear compartments near Rangapani station, approximately seven kilometers from New Jalpaiguri station.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her shock and concern over the incident. In a post on X, she said, “Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train..”

She further said, “DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue,” she said.

The 13174 Kanchanjungha Express was en route from Agartala to Sealdah when the accident took place. Authorities have initiated rescue operations, and disaster response teams are providing medical assistance and support to the affected passengers.

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