Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailed in West Bengal, 3 killed, many injured


At least 12 coaches of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express train derailed near the Maynaguri town of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal on Thursday, leaving at least three dead and dozens injured. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that he was personally monitoring the situation.

Vaishnaw tweeted, “In an unfortunate accident, 12 Coaches of Bikaner – Guwahati Exp. derailed near New Maynaguri (West Bengal) this evening.
Personally monitoring the situation for swift rescue operation.”

The minister said that he had apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the accident. “Spoke with Hon’ble PM and apprised him about the rescue operations,” he wrote.

Visuals of the accident and victims trapped inside the coaches have surfaced on social media.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Deeply concerned to hear about the tragic accident of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in Maynaguri. Senior Officers of the State Government, DM/SP/IG North Bengal are supervising rescue and relief operations. Those injured will receive medical attention, as early as possible.”

A high-level inquiry has also been ordered by the government.