The Kanchanjunga Express, which was hit by a goods train near New Jalpaiguri in north Bengal killing nine people, reached Sealdah in Kolkata around 3:15am on Tuesday.

“It is the mercy of God that I am alive today and talking to you. I can’t narrate in words what we went through. There was a huge jerk and I fell from the upper-tier. It was a nightmare,” she told media persons.

“I have to frequently travel in trains for my business in north Bengal. But now I am really scared. I think I got a fresh lease of life,” a passenger of B2 coach said.

At 8:55am on Monday, a goods train rammed into the rear-end of Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani, around 10km south of New Jalpaiguri (NJP).

While four coaches of the Kanchanjunga Express, including a general compartment, two parcel coaches and the guard van were affected, five coaches of the goods train were derailed.

The Kanchanjunga Express, with its 19 unaffected coaches, resumed its journey towards Kolkata with 1,293 passengers around 12noon on Monday.

Meanwhile, railway officials said that while service has already resumed on the up line, the down line has also been cleared.

“While the upline was cleared by around 5:40pm on Tuesday and the first goods train passed around 8pm, the down line was cleared at around 7:30am on Tuesday,” said Sabyasachi De, chief public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).

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