Several passengers are believed to have died after as many as 11 coaches of Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express were derailed in Vaishali nearly Patna on Sunday morning. The reason for the accident has been described as a rail fracture.
The 12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express was coming from Jogbani in Bihar’s Kishanganj district when 11 coaches jumped off the track at around 4 am on Sunday. In its statement, the Indian Railways said, “We express profound grief over the loss of innocent lives in tragic derailment of 12487 Jogbani-AnandVihar Terminal Seemanchal Exp at Sahadaibuzurg in Bihar. Rescue and relief operations are at full swing. Our GM & DRM, NDRF teams, & officials of local administration are at site.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 3, 2019
Congress President Rahul Gandhi too took to Twitter express his grief. He wrote, “I am saddened by the train accident in Bihar. I express my condolences to the affected families. I request local Congress workers to help the affected people as much as they can.”
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— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 3, 2019
Chief Public Relations Officer, East Central Zone, Rajesh Kumar, according to news agency PTI, said the accident took place at Sahadai Buzurg, close to Mahanar Road in the Sonepur division. The affected coahces included one general coach, one AC coach B3, three sleeper coaches – S8, S9, S10 and six more coaches.