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Seemanchal Express derailment Updates: Identity of six deceased ascertained; injured admitted to Patna, Muzaffarpur hospitals
  • 14:08 (IST)

    Railways clarifies toll in accident

    The Railways have clarified that only six people, including three women, have died in the train accident in Bihar's Vaishali district early on Sunday, PTI reported. Earlier, principal secretary, disaster management, Pratyay Amrit, had told reporters that seven people died in the mishap.

     
    "It was on account of a communication gap at hospitals in Vaishali district that a mix-up occurred. One dead person at a hospital was counted among those who lost their lives in the train mishap. Later, upon verification, it was found that he was not a passenger of the train," Rajesh Kumar, the chief public relations of East Central Railway, said.

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Amit Shah extends condolences

    The BJP president tweeted, "My deepest condolences with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured."

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Total of 11 coaches affected in accident

    Total 11 coaches affected due to Seemanchal Express derailment in Bihar's Sahadai Buzurg, early on Sunday morning. Visuals of three overturned coaches were tweeted by ANI.

  • 11:37 (IST)

    Coaches separated from the engine, say officials

    The coaches of the Seemanchal Express separated from its engine before they derailed, NDTV reported, adding that three coaches "overturned completely".

    "Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had to climb on them and break the hardened glass of the AC coaches and cut through the iron grills of the sleeper coaches to reach trapped passengers," the report said.

  • 11:25 (IST)

    RJD's Tejashwi Yadav expresses hope for quick recovery of injured

    Tejashwi Yadav expressed grief over the Seemanchal Express accident and extended condolences to the families of the deceased. He also said he was hoping for the "quick recovery" of the injured.

  • 11:14 (IST)

    District magistrate, SP overseeing relief work, says Nitish Kumar

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who expressed deep condolences over the deaths, said, "The district magistrate and the superintendent of police have rushed to the spot and are overseeing the relief work in coordination with the Railways."

  • 11:10 (IST)

    Six of the deceased identified 

    'Six of the deceased have been identified as Ilcha Devi (66), Indira Devi (60), Shamsuddin Alam (26), Ansar Alam (19), Shaida Khatoon (40), Sudarshan Das (60), the Government Railway Police said, according to a PTI report.

    Of the 29 people injured in the accident, two have suffered grievous injuries, while 27 have received "simple injuries", the GRP said.  The injured were rushed to a hospital in Sonpur, where the doctors referred the seriously wounded to Muzaffarpur and Patna.

  • 10:58 (IST)

    Helpline numbers released by Indian Railways

    The Railways released three helpline numbers soon after the incident early on Sunday morning. In a tweet, the ministry said that NDRF teams, local administration officials, and other rescue personnel were at the site.

  • 10:52 (IST)

    Beds reserved for injured in Patna Medical College, Nandla Medical College

    Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that around 20 beds have been reserved in the Patna Medical College and Nandla Medical College each for the people injured in the Seemanchal Express accident. He also appealed to the organisers of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's rally in the state capital to make way for the ambulances, according to a report by News18 Hindi.

  • 10:42 (IST)

    Bihar government announces Rs 4 lakh to kin of deceased

    The Bihar government announced an amount of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of every deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the incident and directed district administration officials to provide all kinds of assistance necessary.

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi directs local Congress workers to help families affected in incident

    The Congress president tweeted, "I express deep sorrow and condolences to the families (affected by the incident). Local Congress workers are requested to help those affected by the accident."

  • 10:33 (IST)

    Indian Railways announces ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakhs for families of deceased

    The Railways has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. One lakh rupees have been announced for the "grievously injured", and Rs 50,000 will be given to those with minor injuries. All medical expenses of those injured in the accident will be borne by Indian Railways, reports said.

  • 10:30 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses anguish over incident

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolence after the train tragedy in which seven people were killed. 

  • 10:17 (IST)

    Faulty tracks prima facie cause of accident 

    Prima facie, the derailment was caused by a fracture on the railway crossing near Sahadai Buzurg. Rajesh Kumar, CPRO, East Central Railways said, "Prima facie cause of the derailment is rail fracture of CMS crossing at the Barauni end of station yard."

    The train was in full speed when the failure in track transition happened, leading to at least 9 coaches to get off the tracks. 

  • 10:13 (IST)

    Delhi-bound Seemanchal express derails near Bihar's Vaishali, killing 7

    At least seven passengers died and 24 others were injured early Sunday when a rail fracture caused 11 bogies of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express to jump the tracks in Bihar's Vaishali district, railway and police officials said. The toll, which was earlier estimated to be at 6, rose to 7 around 9.30 am when another body was pulled out of the debris. 

Seemanchal Express derailment updates: The Railways have clarified that only six people, including three women, have died in the train accident in Bihar's Vaishali district early on Sunday, PTI reported. Earlier, principal secretary, disaster management, Pratyay Amrit, had told reporters that seven people died in the mishap.

The coaches of the Seemanchal Express separated from its engine before they derailed, NDTV reported, adding that three coaches "overturned completely".

"Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had to climb on them and break the hardened glass of the AC coaches and cut through the iron grills of the sleeper coaches to reach trapped passengers," the report said.

Six of the deceased have been identified as Ilcha Devi (66), Indira Devi (60), Shamsuddin Alam (26), Ansar Alam (19), Shaida Khatoon (40), Sudarshan Das (60), the Government Railway Police said, according to a PTI report.

Of the 29 people injured in the accident, two have suffered grievous injuries, while 27 have received "simple injuries", the GRP said.  The injured were rushed to a hospital in Sonpur, where the doctors referred the seriously wounded to Muzaffarpur and Patna.

The Railways released three helpline numbers soon after the incident early on Sunday morning. In a tweet, the ministry said that NDRF teams, local administration officials, and other rescue personnel were at the site.

Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that around 20 beds have been reserved in the Patna Medical College and Nandla Medical College each for the people injured in the Seemanchal Express accident. He also appealed to the organisers of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's rally in the state capital to make way for the ambulances.

The Bihar government announced an amount of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of every deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the incident and directed district administration officials to provide all kinds of assistance necessary.

Six people died on Sunday after nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed in the Vaishali district of Bihar. The accident took place at 3.58 am in Sahadai Buzurg, according to reports. A total of 11 coaches were affected, out of which three overturned.

"Seven people have lost their lives in the incident, " East Central Railway (ECR) general manager LC Trivedi, was quoted as saying. Trains heading to Uttar Pradesh's Chapra have also been diverted via Muzaffarpur (MFP)-Chapra. Dainik Jagran also reported that operations on the Bachwada-Hajipur single line were cancelled after the accident.

The Railways has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. One lakh rupees have been announced for the "grievously injured", and Rs 50,000 will be given to those with minor injuries. All medical expenses of those injured in the accident will be borne by Indian Railways, reports said.

One general coach, one AC coach B3, three sleeper coaches — S8, S9, S10 and four more coaches derailed. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has directed district administration officials to provide all kinds of assistance necessary.

"Prima facie cause of the derailment is rail fracture of CMS crossing at the Barauni end of station yard. Unaffected 12 coaches are being moved to Hajipur where more coaches are to be attached and train will move for Anand Vihar Terminal railway station (ANVT)," Rajesh Kumar, CPRO, ECR, was quoted as saying. An inquiry into the incident will be conducted by Latif Khan, CRS eastern zone, he said.

The 12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Terminal Seemanchal Express was running at full speed when the accident occurred, the officials said. A team of doctors has rushed to the accident site from Sonpur and Barauni. An accident relief train has also moved for carrying out relief and rescue operations.

Smita Vats Sharma, Additional Director General PR (Rail) was quoted by ANI as saying, "We are focusing on rescue and relief operations right now. Railway Accident Medical Van along with team of doctors are at site. Two teams of NDRF have also reached the spot."

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also stated that rescue and relief operations have begun. The Railways has also issued helpline numbers — Sonpur 06158221645, Hajipur 06224272230 and Barauni 06279232222.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Feb 03, 2019 14:15:31 IST

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