9 killed as Guwahati-Bikaner Express derails in WB
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The Guwahati-Bikaner express train derailed near New Domohani railway station in West Bengal yesterday evening. Nine people have died and 36 injured in the accident. According to Indian Railways officials, train No. 15633 Up Express left New Domohani station at around 5 PM and while the train was on run in block section between New Domohani and New Maynaguri stations, it derailed.
The evacuation of passengers have completed and a special train was left from the accident site at around 10 PM yesterday carrying 290 stranded passengers towards Guwahati. Dinner has been served by the railways to the distress passengers. The accident relief train and Medical van have reached to the accident site. Some of the trains are being diverted through alternative routes. High-level Railway Safety inquiry has been ordered into the accident.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has announced ex -gratia relief of five lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of those killed and one lakh rupees to grievously injured and 25 thousand rupees to simply injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Ashwini Vaishnaw yesterday evening and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with the bereaved families and hoped for the injured to recover quickly.
Indian Railways has issued helpline numbers. They are - 0361- 2731622, 2731623. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Railway Board Chairman V K Tripathi and DG, Safety has reached at the site of the accident this morning.