Bihar: 6 Dead, Many Injured After 11 Coaches Of Delhi-Bound Train Derail

Bihar: 6 Dead, Many Injured After 11 Coaches Of Delhi-Bound Train Derail

Bihar: 6 Dead, Many Injured After 11 Coaches Of Delhi-Bound Train Derail 

New Delhi: Delhi-bound train derailed early morning today in Bihar's Vaishali district, which claimed the life of six people and left around 36 others injured. Nine coaches of Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am.

The officials said that the superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi's Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The death toll in the incident might rise as the bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches, a police official said. According to the initial investigation, the engine decoupled and chugged forward with the first few coaches and those decoupled eventually derailed. 

Railway Ministry has issued helpline numbers - Sonpur 06158221645, Hajipur 06224272230 and Barauni 06279232222.  The office of Piyush Goyal said in a statement, "Rescue and relief operations are on for derailment of 9 coaches of Jogbani-Anand Vihar Terminal Seemanchal express at Sahadai Buzurg, Bihar."

"Railway Minister is in touch with Railway Board members and GM ECR (East Central Railways) regarding #seemanchalexpress accident...He (Piyush Goyal) has expressed profound grief over the loss of innocent lives in this tragic accident and wished speedy recovery for the injured," it said on the official Twitter handle.

Recalling the ordeal, an injured passenger said, "We heard a loud noise and fell down. We couldn't see anything. Then someone broke open the glass window on top. When I saw the broken window, I lifted by father up and he was pulled out by my brother," he said

Three sleeper coaches - S8, S9, S10, one general coach, one AC coach B3, are among the coaches that derailed, said East Central Railway spokesperson Rajesh Kumar. A team of doctors has been sent from nearby towns of Sonpur and Barauni to the site of accident.

A railway official said, two teams of the National Disaster Response Force have also reached the spot. 

All passengers trains on this route have been cancelled.

(With inputs from agencies)