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Guwahati, May 23 :Five coaches and the engine of a passenger train derailed in Kokrajhar district of Assam in the early hours today, seriously injuring its engine driver and causing minor injuries to some passengers. Northeast Frontier Railway spokesman Jayanta Sarma said that the accident occurred between Salakati and Basugaon at 5.15 AM as the 55753 UP Sifung passenger train was about to negotiate a bridge. (Read: Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, 5 killed, 65 injured) Also Read - Pink Buses for Women, Senior Citizens: Assam CM Launches Free Dedicated Bus Service
All the passengers of the train coming from Alipurduar in Bengal to Guwahati were transhipped from the accident site, Sarma said. While the engine driver was admitted to hospital, the passengers with minor injuries were given first aid, the spokesman said. As the railway track was blocked due to the derailment, other trains might be delayed, he added. Also Read - Woman's Reaction After Water-line Reaches Her Home in Assam Will Melt Your Heart | WATCH
The cancelled passenger trains are New Jalpaiguri- Dekargaon passenger, Fakiragram-Kamakhya passenger, New Jalpaiguri-New Coochbehar Special, Dhubri-Fakiragram passenger, Guwahati-Alipurduar junction Passenger, Kamakhya- Fakiragram passenger, Silghat-Dhubri Rajyarani Express, New Coochbehar-New Jalpaiguri special and Kamakhya-Alipurduar Intercity Express. Tomorrow’s Fakiragram-Dhubri passenger, too, has been cancelled, added the North Eastern Frontier Railway spokesman.