Toy train derails near Kurseong

10 Jan 2017

A diesel engine pulled Darjeeling Himalayan Railway toy train today derailed at Mahanadi, 8km from Kurseong town, injuring five persons including three tourists who have been admitted at the sub-divisional hospital.

The cause of the accident has not been ascertained yet but DHR officials said it could be because of the slippery condition as it was raining when the train met with the accident around 3.30 in the afternoon.

The 10.15am down Darjeeling to NJP DHR train with three coaches, filled mostly with tourists, had just reached Mahanadi when the wheels came off the track in a turning near Dhungey Kothi. The engine and the lead coach derailed first, jolting the unsuspecting passengers.

Darjeeling district magistrate Anurag Srivastava said, “A DHR train derailed today at Kurseong. Some persons received minor injuries and had to be taken to the Kurseong sub-divisional hospital for treatment. DHR officials have reached the accident spot."

DHR director M.D. Bhutia said it was too early to say what had caused the derailment and that an inquiry has been initiated. “The accident took place around 3pm to 3.30pm at Mahanadi. We don’t know the exact cause of the accident but it could be the slippery condition as it is raining and the train was negotiating a sharp curve,” he said, adding about 50 passengers were on board the train.

S. Dutta, the assistant divisional mechanical engineer at Tindharay, who was at the spot, also said it was too early to ascertain the cause of the accident. “We have started an inquiry and will get to know the cause of the accident only then. Work is disrupted because we don’t have electricity. The track has also bended because of the heavy load but that will be rectified by tomorrow and hopefully service will resume as usual,” he said.

Bikash Kumar (35), Nikhelesh Mandal (37) and Dilip Kumar Gupta (35), all DHR employees, sustained minor injuries and were immediately shifted to the Kurseong sub-divisional hospital where they were administered first aid and discharged.

Most of the Kolkata bound tourists did not suffer any injuries and vehicles were arranged by locals to ferry them to Siliguri. (EOIC)