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11 Coaches Of Seemanchal Express Derailed In Bihar, 7 Dead & Many Injured

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| February 3 , 2019 , 13:14 IST

At least seven people were reported to have died and many injured after 11 coaches of the superfast Seemanchal Express heading to Delhi derailed in Bihar’s Vaishali district early on Sunday morning, railway officials said.

East Central Railway spokesperson Rajesh Kumar informed media that "accident took place at 3:58 am in Sahadai Buzurg. One general coach, one AC coach B3, three sleeper coaches - S8, S9, S10 - and four more coaches have derailed."

"The superfast train, heading from Jogbani to Anand Vihar Terminal in New Delhi, was reportedly running at full speed when the accident took place. Of the 11 affected coaches, three coaches capsized while the remaining coaches are reported to have gone off the track," he added.

All the injured passengers have been moved to nearby Hospitals, District Hospitals and Railway Hospital.

The accident took place on the Barauni- Bachhwara-Hajipur Single Line in Sonpur division of the East Central Railways.

Officials said the number of dead is likely to go up.

The railways have announced an ex gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those deceased.

“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 and Rs 50,000 compensation to the injured.

All passenger trains on this route have been cancelled.

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"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.

According to news agency ANI, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the derailment incident and has directed the administration to provide all kinds of assistance.

As per media reports "Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal is in touch with Railway Board members and GM ECR regarding developments at the accident site. He has directed to effectively undertake relief and rescue operation."

The railways have also issued several helpline numbers:

Helpline nos at Patna

06122202290

 

06122202291

06122202292

06122213234

Rly no 025-83288

Other helpline numbers

Sonpur 06158221645

Hajipur 06224272230

Barauni 06279232222