In a tragic incident that unfolded in the bustling town of Siliguri, West Bengal, a goods train collided with the Agartala-Sealdah Kanchanjunga Express (13174), leaving several passengers injured. The collision occurred in the Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district, sending shockwaves through the local community.

Swift Response from Authorities

Reacting swiftly to the distressing situation, the West Bengal police and emergency services have descended upon the scene. A comprehensive rescue operation is currently underway, with medical personnel and ambulances working tirelessly to provide aid to the injured passengers.

Chief Minister’s Concern

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her shock and concern over the incident in a post on X (formerly Twitter). “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. DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated,” she wrote.

Ongoing Investigation

As the rescue efforts continue, authorities are working to determine the cause of the collision. The investigation will aim to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and identify any potential lapses or safety breaches that may have led to this unfortunate event.

Public Appeal for Patience

Local officials have appealed to the public to remain patient and avoid the accident site to facilitate the smooth conduct of rescue operations. They have assured that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of those affected by this tragic incident.

The train collision in Siliguri serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of maintaining stringent safety protocols in the transportation sector. As the investigation unfolds, authorities will undoubtedly work to implement measures to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future, prioritizing the safety of commuters and personnel alike.


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