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Jharkhand: Brahmaputra Mail derailed, 5 dead

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Jan 11, 2012 at 04:41pm IST

New Delhi: One bogie of the Brahmaputra Mail got derailed on Wednesday leaving five dead and six injured. Accident took place at 5.50 AM at Karanpura in Eastern Railways division.

The accident happened when a stationary goods train with fault in the engine suddenly rolled back and hit the sleeper coach at Karanpura station.

Sahibganj SP Vijay Laxmi said, "Rescue operations are on. All the injured have been shifted to the hospital."

Both the trains were coming from Dibrugarh in Assam to New Delhi. The injured have been taken to a local hospital in Karanpura.

Relief train has reached the accident site and a special train from Howarah station has also left for the accident site.

The government has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for dead and Rs 50,000 for grievously injured and Rs 10,000 for minor injuries.

Indian railways PRO Anil Saxena in a statement said, "This unfortunate accident took place at 5:50 AM this morning near Jharkhand. The actual place site of accident is Karanpura, which comes under Malda division. Bramhaputra Mail was passing through the station from neighboring loop line when a goods train started rolling back. The tenth coach from engine was hit in the accident. Four people have been killed and 5 have been injured. Stringent action will be taken if anyone is found guilty. Dinesh Trivedi has expressed his heartfelt condolence. Stranded passengers are being provided relief. People with minor injuries are being treated in the train itself. We have set up helplines at Delhi, Rangia and Jharkhand station."

Helplines have been set up at Rangia: 03621244353 and New Bongaigaon: 09957554456

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