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60 Dead and 92 Injured in Rear-End Collision Involving Vannanchal Express and Uttarbanga Express Trains in Birbhum District, west Bengal

60 Dead and 92 Injured in Rear-End Collision Involving Vannanchal Express and Uttarbanga Express Trains in Birbhum District, west Bengal
Mamata Expresses Profound grief over the loss of Innocent lives in Train Accident
Ex-Gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the Next Kin of the Dead Announced


(Updated till 4.30 p.m. of 19-07-2010)

In an unfortunate accident in the early hours today, 60 passengers lost their lives and 92 were injured when train no. 3148, Uttarbanga Express (New Cooch Behar-Sealdah) train collided from rear with train no. 3404 Vannanchal Express ( Bhagalpur-Ranchi) which was stationed at Platform No. 4 of Sainthia railway station in Howrah division of Eastern Railway, resulting in two last coaches of Vannanchal Express being badly damaged. The accident site falls under Birbhum District of West Bengal. The damaged coaches include one Guard-cum-luggage-cum-Passenger (SLR) coach and one unreserved general 2nd class coach. All the passengers in Uttarbanga Express are safe and all the passengers in the remaining coaches of Vannanchal Express are also safe. All the injured were immediately admitted in nearby hospitals. Out of 92 injured passengers, 56 were admitted in in Suri State Government Hospital and 36 has been shifted to Bardhaman Medical College. Rescue operation was in full swing since the occurrence of the accident and both the trains involved in the accident left for their destinations after detaching the two damaged coaches of Vannanchal Express train

The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee who visited the accident site and hospitals, has termed the train accident as most unfortunate and expressed her profound grief over the loss of innocent lives. She has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5/- lakh to the next kin of the dead, Rs. 1/- lakh each to grievously injured passengers and Rs. 25,000 to those who sustained simple injuries. She has also announced jobs in the Railways to one person of the deceased’s family. The Railway Minister has given instructions to Railway officials for the speedy relief and rescue operation and effective medical treatment to the injured passengers.

Railway Board officials including, Chairman Railway Board, Shri Vivek Sahai, Member Electrical, Shri Sudesh Kumar, Member Mechanical, Shri Sanjiv Handa, Director General Railway Health Services Dr. Ramteke and senior officials from Eastern Railways and Howrah Division have also reached the accident site to monitor and supervise the rescue and relief operation.

For the convenience of public, Helplines were set up at various railway stations including. Howrah, Sainthia , Sealdah, Burdhwan, Malda, Jamalpur, Dhanbad, Katihar, New Jalpaiguri, New Cooch Behar, Ranchi, Hatia and Bokharo Steel city.

Due to this accident following trains have been diverted/cancelled:

Diverted trains

1. 3161 Kolkata – Balurghat Express

2. 5661 Ranchi – Guwhati Express

3. 3150 Alipurdiwar – Sealdah Express

4. 2513 Secundrabad- Guwhati Express


1. 3048 Howrah – Amritsar Express

2. 215.216 Howrah – Ramprhar- Howrah Passenger

3. 217/218 Howrah –Rampurhat-Howrah Passenger


  1. Do you think this will not happen again.
    The crew links across all over india is very dangerous and this type of accidents can happen any where any day(night)
    No loco pilot is working with free mind and they are never relaxed at work.
    The crew links all over india to be reviewed.
    HOER to be revied as early as possible.
    By reducing the number of crew all over india, railway saved lakhs of money, but the money can't give life to those died.
    Will they open eye.
    That is the railway administration!!!


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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you

6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.