While pulling out of the Sainthia station in Birbhum district, Uttarbanga Express crashed into Vanachal Express killing at least 49 people and leaving over 150 injured.
Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express rammed into the Vanachal Express at around 2 am on Monday, Jul 19 smashing three of its coaches and a luggage van.
The passenger trains collided when the speeding Uttarbanga Express overshot the signal. And the New Coochbehar to Sealdah train went on the same track as that of Bhagalpur to Ranchi Vananchal Express.
Eastern Railway sources have revealed that engine driver MC Dey, assistant driver NK Mandal of the Uttarbanga Express and the guard of the Vananchal Express A Mukherjee were killed in the mishap.
Among the trains diverted due to the accident include Sealdah-bound Darjeeling Mail, Kanchenjunga Express and Kanchenkanya Express.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said that : there was "some doubt" over the West Bengal train accident in which at least 49 people were killed.
The speeding Sealdah-bound Uttar Banga Express rammed into the stationary Bhagalpur-Ranchi Vananchal Express from the rear at Sainthia station in West Bengal’s Birbhum district early Monday morning.
Banerjee told reporters while leaving for the accident site: "We have some doubt in our mind. We are searching for information. Let us now find details."
Describing it as "a sad incident", she said: "Human lives are very important."
The minister said: "We are really sorry for this. Sorry to see two incidents take place in West Bengal in two months."
"Whatever happens is not a casual thing. We will take necessary action. We will take strong steps whoever is behind this."
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday confirmed that 49 people were killed when the speeding Sealdah-bound Uttar Banga Express rammed into the stationary Bhagalpur-Ranchi Vananchal Express from the rear at Sainthia station in West Bengal’s Birbhum district.
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