In a first in 34 months, seven rail passengers killed in accident | India News

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NEW DELHI/JALPAIGURI: The railways reported the first incident of passenger deaths in an accident on Thursday after a gap of nearly 34 months. At least seven passengers on board were left dead and over 50 injured, several of them critically, as 12 bogies of the Guwahati-bound Bikaner Express derailed in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district.
The last time passenger deaths were reported in an accident were in March 22, 2019. Railway board chairman V K Tripathi and the director general (safety) rushed to the spot. Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also left for the site to take stock of the situation.
At least 250 passengers have been rescued from the wreckage. With several passengers still trapped inside two badly mangled bogies, officials fear the toll could rise further. There were 1,053 passengers on board, said a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official. Doctors said the…

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