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Rajendra Nagar- Guwahati Capital Express Derails near Samuktala Road

 Guwahati

The engine and two coaches of 13248 Up Rajendra Nagar – Guwahati Capital Express derailed near Samuktala Road in Alipurduar district Of West Bengal nearing Assam border at around 09.15 pm last night. While two persons  died in the accident, six passengers received minor injuries.

The Prima Facie cause of the accident was overshooting of signal by driver of the train. The Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has ordered a through enquiry into the accident to fix responsibility. About 150 of the stranded passengers were taken back to Alipurduar Junction by 15772 Kamakhya – Alipurduar Junction Inter City Express. The unaffected portion of the train was detached and pushed back from the site. The train will resume journey once the relief operation is completed.

The Helpline Numbers at the site are: 9002052957, 8585082833 & 03564-259935.

The Accident Relief Train reached the site of the accident at 10.00 pm with railway doctors and relief materials and started rescue operations. The Divisional Railway Manager of Alipurduar Division, Sanjeev Kishor, has reached the site and supervising rescue and relief operations. Senior officials from N F Railway Headquarters, including the Additional General Manager Ratan Lal have also rushed to the site.

According to preliminary report, 13248 Capital Express had arrived at Samuktala at 09.05 pm and was put in line number 4 to give way for 12424 Rajdhani Express through line number 5 at the station. However, drivers of Capital Express overshoot the red signal resulting in the derailment.

The Helpline Numbers at the site are: 9002052957, 8585082833 & 03564-259935.

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