Death toll in Bikaner-Guwahati Express train mishap rises to 9, 36 injured


Death toll in the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train mishap in West Bengal Jalpaiguri district rose to nine, while 36 others remained injured with some of them being in critical condition. Twelve coaches of the Assam-bound train derailed and some overturned near Domohani under the Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) around 5pm on Thursday, a Railway spokesperson said in Guwahati.

Union minister John Barla said rescue operation was over and the injured persons were undergoing treatment at different hospitals. “Passengers were sent to Guwahati by a special train,” Barla said.

Earlier, Jalpaiguri district magistrate Moumita Godara Basu four bodies were found at the accident site and three others died at the hospital.

"Since some of the injured are in a critical condition, the toll may go up. We are now using cranes for removing the damaged compartments," she said, adding rescuers thoroughly searched each coach for survivors and bodies through darkness and thick fog. The injured were undergoing treatment at hospitals in Maynaguri and Jalpaiguri.

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