Death toll in Bikaner-Guwahati train accident rises to 9, Railway Minister will visit the spot


Guwahati, January 14

The death toll in the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train accident in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district has risen to nine, a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) spokesperson said here on Friday.

He said three of the dead were yet to be identified.

Twelve coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailed near Domohani in Jalpaiguri district on Thursday and some of them overturned.

NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Guneet Kaur said that the number of injured is currently 36. While 23 passengers are being treated at Jalpaiguri’s Super Specialty Hospital, six have been admitted to North Bengal Medical College and seven to Maynaguri Rural Hospital.

He said Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav is scheduled to visit the accident site on Friday morning.

He said that NFR General Manager Anshul Gupta reached the spot at 12.08 am on Friday and is monitoring the work of repair of tracks to normalize the movement of trains.

“The passenger relief operation at the site has been completed,” Kaur said. PTI