Kolkata: A major mishap was averted when a local train hit another waiting at a platform killing one and injuring 67 people on Saturday night when  in West Bengal's Nadia district, officials said.
   
The head-on collision took place when the Shantipur- Sealdah local which was coming from the opposite direction hit the stationary Sealdah-Shantipur local train waiting at platform number 2 of Phulia station.
   
Two coaches of Shantipur-Sealdah local and three coaches of the other train were derailed after the first train's driver ignored the red signal resulting in the collision, a railway spokesperson said.
   
An off-duty railway gateman Purnendu Mandal, who was travelling in the other train was killed, officials said adding its driver is among the injured.
   
Only five of the 67 injured are now in local civil hospitals while the remaining were released after first-aid.
   
Two accident relief trains, one medical train and two lift cranes have been sent for relief and rescue operations.
   
When contacted, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said that an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the nearest kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured.
   
Alleging that the Railway staff present at the station were negligent in performing their duty, agitated locals beat up cabin man Pradip Dey who had to be taken to a hospital later on.
   
It has been alleged by locals that he was working in an inebriated condition in the night leading to the accident. Railway officials, however, refused to comment on the matter.
   
Local MLA Ajoy De, senior railway officials including, East Central Railway general manager Varun Varthuar, reached the spot to monitor the rescue work.

R P Yadav, Commissioner of Railway Safety (eastern circle) left Kolkata tonight for Nadia to hold an enquiry.
   
"Actual cause of the accident will be revealed after the completion of the enquiry. Before the enquiry, no cause of the accident can be apprehended," said a statement from the Eastern Railway.

(Agencies)