At least two people are reported be dead and nearly 10 injured after two coaches of Capital Express train derailed in West Bengal late on Tuesday. The train, scheduled from Bihar’s Rajendra Nagar to Guwahati, derailed near Samuktala station of West Bengal.
The Ministry of Railways tweeted about the same while Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry into the accident. However, the department said that the cause of the accident appeared to be the driver jumping a red signal.
Meanwhile, the injured have been rushed to Alipurduar district hospital for treatment and rescue work in underway. Chief Public Relations Officer of NF Railway, Pranav Jyoti Sharma has given out three helpline numbers – 9002052957, 8585082833, 03564-259935.
Well, this is the second major accident 20 days after 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed on November 20. Killing at least 145 people, it was the worst train accident in six years. The accident was blamed on a fracture in the tracks.
India has the fourth largest railway network in the world. But, are such incidents a proof of poor maintenance and low investment in infrastructure? Mr Prabhu, are you listening?