Around 70 injured as Brahmaputra mail jumps tracks

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Jalpaiguri, Dec 10 (UNI) Around 70 people were feared injured, some of them critically, when 12 bogies of Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail from Guwahati derailed at Nijbari, 15 km from New Jalpaiguri Station here late last night, official sources said today.

The injured were admitted to North Bengal Medical College, while some were released after primary treatment, sources said.

Railway sources said 12 bogies had jumped rails, while five bogies fell down into a ditch, in between Rangapatti and Nizbari railway stations. One AC coach was damaged badly in the accident.

Top officials from the headquarters of N E Railways rushed to the spot to supervise the relief and rescue operations. Locals swung into action at once to rescue the injured. They were joined by North East Frontier railway officials. A relief train was sent from New Jalpaiguri station to ferry the injured.

Brahmaputra Mail were in the headlines on August 1, 1999, when at least 400 passengers died after the train hit the stationary Awadh-Assam Express head-on at Gaisal, some 100 km from Siliguri.

In the last major train accident, 114 people died in Veligonda in Andhra Pradesh after a train derailed in 2005.

UNI

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