7 dead, many injured after 11 coaches of Seemanchal Express derails in Bihar

New Delhi: Seven people died and several were injured after 11 coaches of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed in Vaishali district of Bihar, early on Sunday morning. 

The accident reportedly took place in Sahadai Buzurg at 3:58am on Sunday morning. East Central Railway spokesperson Rajesh Kumar was quoted by PTI saying that one general coach, one AC coach B3, three sleeper coaches — S8, S9, S10 — and four more coaches have reportedly derailed, resulting in the death of at least six people on the spot.

The train (12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Terminal Seemanchal Express) was reportedly running at full speed when the accident occurred. Though the team of doctors and the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were rushed to the spot, locals alleged that officials did not reach the spot in time. The Railways has also rushed in an accident relief train to help the victims.To carry out the rescue operations, accident relief train has also been moved to the site. 

Soon after the accident, Railway Minster Piyush Goyal’s office issued helpline numbers. 

Help line numbers: 
Sonpur 06158221645 
Hajipur 06224272230 
Barauni 0627923222 

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the train derailment and directed the administration to provide all kind of assistance. The passenger trains on the route have been cancelled while some trains have been diverted so far, officials said.