Crack on Railway Track Possible Cause of Accident in Hajipur

Train derailment near Hajipur kills six people and leaves many injured.

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Patna: Police, para-medical workers, voluntary groups, and members of both state and national disaster response teams were sifting through the wreckage for any survivors of the Delhi-bound 12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express that jumped the track on early Sunday morning leaving at least seven dead and scores injured.

As the authorities continued to search for any survivor, officials said the accident appeared to have been caused by a crack in the track near Sahdei village in Hajipur though official verdict is yet to be announced.

Providing more detail about the tragedy, officials said altogether 11 bogeys jumped the track and, going by the severity of the accident, it was really a miracle that the casualty was limited to only six and few dozen injuries.

“We were sleeping in our berths when the whole train began shaking violently and before we could realize what was happening, we were thrown out of our berths as suitcases and other luggage items began falling on us,” said one Vinod Singh who walked away with only minor scratches on various parts of his body.

Several of the surviving victims were brought to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Muzaffarpur hospital where they were being treated for various degrees of injuries.

Among those who died in the accident were identified as Sudarshan Das (60), Indra Devi (65), Ilcha Devi (60), Shashuddin Alam (25), Ansar Alam (21), and Shahida Khatoon.


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