Kanchanjunga reaches Sealdah Toll in train accident rises to 10
   Date :19-Jun-2024
 Kanchanjunga reaches Sealdah
THE death of a six-year-old girl on Tuesday morning took the official toll in the Kanchanjunga Express tragedy to 10, even as her parents remained admitted at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) battling for their lives, officials said. The victim, Sneha Mondal, was admitted to the hospital in a “critical condition” on Monday following the accident at Phansidewa in Darjeeling district in the northern part of the state involving the Sealdah-bound Dn Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train which claimed at least nine other lives. While eight bodies were brought to the state-run NBMCH in the accident aftermath, two persons died during the course of treatment, an official said. “The girl suffered fractures in her legs and also had liver and spleen injuries. She succumbed while undergoing treatment,” Dr Sandip Sengupta, NBMCH’s dean of student affairs, told PTI-Video.
Thirty-seven people were admitted to the hospital on Monday, he said, adding that two of them were discharged after primary treatment. “Three persons are still in the trauma care unit. They underwent surgery. A few patients have fractures. Most of them have superficial injuries. Our challenge is to send them home in good health. Our team is working tirelessly,” Sengupta said. Operations on the down line using both electric and diesel locomotives were restored on Monday night while diesel locomotive-run train services in the up line had resumed from Tuesday morning, officials said. Despite the resumption of railway operations, at least six long-distance trains including the Howrah-NJP Shatabdi Express were cancelled on Tuesday while the timing of a few others were altered.
Several passenger trains, including New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, Darjeeling Mail, Kamrup Express and Padatik Express, were also diverted along different routes as a result of the in-progress restoration work at the accident site. Earlier in the day, the unaffected coaches of Kanchanjunga Express, which began their onward journey from the accident site on Monday afternoon, reached Sealdah station with nearly 850 passengers, according to an Eastern Railway official. “Around 800 to 850 passengers arrived at Sealdah at 3.16 am,” ER spokesperson Kausik Mitra said.