Tragedy Strikes Again, Train Crash in West Bengal

Tragedy Strikes Again, Train Crash in West Bengal

Jun 17 News Standard

A horrific train accident struck West Bengal, India on Monday. A freight train collided with a stationary passenger train, the Kanchanjunga Express, claiming at least 15 lives and injuring dozens more.

Initial reports suggest driver error might be the cause. The freight train disregarded a signal and slammed into the back of the passenger train, derailing three carriages. Rescue teams worked tirelessly to free passengers trapped in the wreckage, using iron rods and ropes to clear debris.

The accident comes just over a year after a signalling error caused India's worst rail disaster in decades. This latest tragedy has reignited concerns about railway safety in the country. Opposition parties have criticized the government's handling of railway infrastructure and safety protocols.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to the families of the victims and assured them of assistance. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the accident site to oversee rescue efforts and restoration of train services.


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