Siliguri, Oct. 29: Two employees of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and three casual workers were run over by the Capital Express (3245 Dn) around 3 pm today between Dhoomdangi Halt and Teen Mile Haat Halt under Chopra police station in North Dinajpur.
The dead have been identified as track inspector Sudip Gayen (32), a railway supervisor Amarnath Singh (35), gangman Kamrul Sahani (40), and trackmen Chikku (45) and Abdul Gaffar (58). The last three were casual workers.
Divisional commercial manager of NFR and public relations officer, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station, Taraknath Bhattacharya said: “The Danapur-bound train originated from NJP station at 2.30 pm. It accidentally ran over the five persons at a point referred to as railway identification point km 32/4-5. We received the information around 3.30 pm and immediately sent a medical team to the spot, about 25 km from NJP station.”
GRP officials said all five of them were working on the Up line when they heard the whistle of a goods train moving towards them on that track at 70 km per hour. They moved to the Down track running parallel. Unfortunately, the Capital Express was also hurtling towards the spot at 100 km per hour. It had also sounded its horn, but at the same time as the goods train.
“By the time the workers noticed the train, it was too late, and at 100 km per hour, the train, too, could not apply the brakes effectively,” a GRP officer said after preliminary investigations.
The Capital Express, which stopped immediately after the incident, resumed its journey about half an hour later, railway officials at NJP said. Services on both the tracks became normal later in the evening, they added.