Train accident in West Bengal

The Uttar Banga Express coming in from New Cooch Bihar to Sealdah rammed a stationary Bhagalpur-Ranchi Vananchal Express at Saithia staion in Virbhum district at about 2 am on Monday morning.
Train accident in West Bengal
Atleast sixty people are feared dead in a train collision in West Bengal, near the Jharkhand border. 86 people have been injured and rushed to the hospital.

At around 2 am on Monday, the Uttar Banga Express coming in from New Cooch Bihar to Sealdah rammed a stationary Bhagalpur-Ranchi Vananchal Express at Sainthia station in Virbhum district, 191 kms from Howrah.

According to a local television channel, so great was the impact that the roof of a bogey had been detached in the collision and was thrown up on an overbridge. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Wrecked bogies at the accident site. (AFP photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
In the image damaged bogies of the train can be seen. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Rescuers walk by the wreck of the train. In the image it is clearly seen how devastating the accident is, as the roof of one of the boogie fell on the overbridge. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
A bogie jumped onto an over-bridge after the accident. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
The inside view from one of the wrecked bogie as Army personnel are in the look-out for any survivors at the accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Onlookers gather around the mangled wreckage of the train coaches after the accident. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Rescue operation is being carried out in full swing along with the medical team at the accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Army personnel are also helping in carrying out the rescue operations at the accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Onlookers have also got into action in carrying out the rescue operations to take out people trapped inside the bogies. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
A view of the accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
A body is being taken out of the debris. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Army personnel are helping in the rescue operations at the accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
In the image a crane is seen clearing out the debris from the accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
The train accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Casualties are feared in two general second class bogies of the Vananchal Express. These coaches and the luggage van and guard van of the train were hit. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
A view of the train accident site. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Sainthia is about 22 km from Rampurhat and most of the injured are being taken to a hospital there. Some have been taken to the district headquarters, Shiuri.

The first accident relief train and medical van reached the spot at about 3.35 am. More trains are on their way from Rampurhat, Asansol and Burdwan. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Relief operations are on and around 32 bodies have reportedly been taken out of the wreckage. Equipment like gas cutters are being used to bring people out of the mangled heaps that the bogies are. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
Since the accident, the undamaged bogies of the Vananchal Express have been disconnected and the train has left Sainthia for Ranchi.

As Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior officials rushed to the spot, questions are being raised how the two trains were on the same line. (AFP Photo)
Train accident in West Bengal
The focus is on bringing people out and the locals in the area have been helping in rescue work. There are some people coming out unscathed from the mangled bogies. (AFP Photo)

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