The Hush Post| 10:38 am |three-minute-read
Seven people were feared killed died and several injured after 11 coaches of the superfast Seemanchal Express heading to Delhi derailed in Bihar’s Vaishali district early on Sunday morning. The number of dead is likely to go up.
All the injured passengers have been admitted to the nearby hospitals. The accident took place on the Barauni- Bachhwara-Hajipur Single Line in Sonpur division of the East Central Railways.
The derailment happened at about 4.00 am at Sahadai Buzurg.
One general coach, one AC coach B3, three sleeper coaches – S8, S9, S10 – and four more coaches derailed, East Central Railway spokesperson Rajesh Kumar said.
The train which was headed from Jogbani to Anand Vihar Terminal in New Delhi, was running full speed when the mishap occured. Of the 11 affected coaches, three coaches capsized while the remaining coaches are reported to have gone off the track. “The unaffected 12 coaches of the train are being moved to Hajipur where additional coaches will be attached and the train will move for Anand Vihar Terminal in New Delhi,” Rajesh Kumar said.
Initial investigation into the accident has found that the train derailment took place due to a rail fracture.
All passenger trains on this route have been cancelled. The railways have announced an ex gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin.
“Railways would give ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of every deceased. Rs 1 lakh would be given to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered simple injuries. All medical expenses will also be borne by Railways,” Piyush Goyal’s office tweeted.
The Bihar government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased. For the injured Rs 50,000 compensation would be provided.
A team of doctors has been rushed to the accident site from Sonpur and Barauni. A railways accident medical van has also reached the site of the accident to provide medical aid to the injured passengers.
The divisional railway manager and other divisional officers have also reached the site and are overseeing rescue and relief operations. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have reached the accident site and are assisting in the rescue operations.
“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the derailment of coaches of the Seemanchal Express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Railways, NDRF, and local authorities are providing all possible assistance in the wake of the accident,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
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