Capital Express Accident: 2 killed, 3 suspended

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Guwahati-bound Capital Express ran off the track in West Bengal

Just weeks after a train crash that killed nearly 150 people, Guwahati-bound Capital Express ran off the track in Samuktala Road station in Alipurduar district, West Bengal and kills two people.

Three railway employees have been suspended in connection with derailment in which two persons were killed and six others injured.

The suspended employees include the driver, who according to the initial investigation has overshot the signal which may have led to this mishap.

The train which derailed at around 9 PM on the night of December 7, was travelling from Bihar’s Rajendra Nagar Terminal, said NF Railway officials.

Two unidentified male bodies found from the coaches looked like to be of monks as going by their clothes and footwears said North East Frontier Railway Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO), Pranav Jyoti Sharma.

“The deceased are yet to be identified. The injured were treated by railway doctors who reached the site soon after the accident,” said the CPRO.

While initial investigation suggests the cause of the accident was overshooting of a signal, an inquiry has been ordered, said a Railway Ministry official.

The rail traffic was stopped and about 150 stranded passengers were taken back by Kamakhya Alipurduar Inter City Express to Alipurduar Junction, said Sanjiv Kishore, Divisional Railway Manager, Alipurduar.

Though prima facie cause of the accident was overshooting of signal by the driver of the train, a thorough inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken against the guilty, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Post mishap, at least three trains were cancelled, eight were diverted and two trains were short terminated.