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Train tragedy toll mounts to 3

The death toll in Azara train accident has gone up to three while several others are battling for life at the GMCH on Friday.

One person died on the spot while two others died on the way to the GMCH. The accident took place when a Guwahati-bound passenger train rammed into a bulldozer in the morning. Five coaches went off the tracks while four other coaches overturned under the impact.

The critically injured have been shifted to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), while others have been admitted to the railway hospital in Maligaon and in some private hospitals.

Prima facie cause of the accident is negligence of the JCB driver Bipul Kalita. The other fatalities were site engineer Dhirani Kalita, engaged in the road construction project and who was travelling in the JCB, and train passenger Hiren Sarkar. The sources said commissioner, railway safety in the railway zone, will conduct the mandatory probe into the accident.

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