GUWAHATI, Feb 3 � In an accident that took place around 9.15 am today, a JCB excavator bearing registration number AS 01BC 5470 dashed against the 55805 Up Chilarai passenger train coming from New Bongaigaon towards Guwahati near Mirza at an unmanned level crossing resulting in the death of three people. Several others were injured.
According to NF Railway sources, the accident occurred at an unmanned level crossing gate (number NN/267) when the heavy vehicle tried to cross the railway tracks despite the approaching train.
The dead included passenger Dhiren Sarkar, (42) of Abhayapuri, and Bipul Kalita, (38), Nalbari, and Dharani Saloi, (26), Kamalpur, who were in the JCB. Around 14 passengers of the train were injured, of which two sustained grievous injuries.
Nine coaches of the passenger train and the engine jumped the rails, out of which five coaches tilted and fell into low-lying areas near the tracks. One injured passenger of the train died on the way to hospital.
Rescue and relief teams from New Bongaigaon and Guwahati, including emergency medical teams reached the site of the accident soon after the accident. RS Virdi, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of N F Railway was the first senior official to reach the site.
General Manager of NF Railway, Keshav Chandra, who was away from Guwahati, reached the site later in the afternoon to oversee the relief and restoration works. The National Disaster Relief Force and 108 Emergency Ambulance services were alerted by NF Railway�s Disaster Management Team which rendered help in mounting an immediate rescue and relief operation.
The damaged tracks are likely to be restored around 11.00 pm tonight. A pair of Special Trains was run from Guwahati and New Bongaigaon to move the stranded passengers.
Exgratia payments have been made to those with simple injuries and to grievously injured passengers. An amount of Rs15,000 is being paid to the next of the kin of the deceased.
Our Mirza Correspondent adds: The passengers injured in the accident were rushed by the local people to the Mirza public health centre from where the critically injured were referred to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital.
Railway officials along with rescue vans have rushed to the spot. A unit of the NDRF reached the spot and carried out rescue operations with the help of locals who started rescue operations immediately after the incident.
The critically injured persons are Siddharth Roy, Mukul Das, Uttam Das, Abdul Majid, Sanjay Nath and Atul Hazarika.
Persons with minor injuries who have been admitted to local hospitals are Lakhi Das, Aswini Kr Das, Sarat Chandra Nath, Mridul Sarma, Jaymoti Das, Ramani Das, Tarini Mali and Raju Das.