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Darjeeling: At least 15 people died and around 60 others were injured after a goods train collided with Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani station in Bengal at 9 am on Monday, police said. Three rear compartments of the express train derailed under the impact of the collision from behind by the locomotive of the goods train, railway officials said. Railway Board Chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha revealed that the ‘Kavach’ anti-collision system was not operational of Guwahati route. “It is currently functional on 1,500 km of railway tracks, with plans to extend it to another 3,000 km by the end of the year,” Sinha said. She attributed collision to a possible human error by loco pilot of goods train, who succumbed to injuries. Rescue ops over and train journey resumed.

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