Bihar train accident: Late-night disaster near Raghunathpur station claims 4 lives and leaves 30 injured. Investigations underway.
Late on Wednesday night, a tragic Bihar train accident occurred when coaches of the Delhi-Kamakhya Northeast Express derailed near Raghunathpur station in Bihar’s Buxar district. This resulted in the unfortunate loss of at least four lives and left around 30 passengers injured. As a consequence of this derailment, 92 trains had to be diverted, and eight were cancelled.
Bihar #TrainAccident | 4 dead, poor maintenance may have caused derailment
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Damage, Delays, and Investigations Ongoing
The derailment caused significant damage to the area, including pillars, electrical poles, signal posts, and the railway tracks themselves. Trains on the New Delhi-Howrah main line experienced delays as they were stopped at various locations. Preliminary investigations suggest that the derailment may have been caused by poor track maintenance or a fault in the track-switching mechanism. Authorities emphasized that the area is not known for any unlawful activities.
This incident occurred just months after India’s worst rail disaster in two decades. In June, faulty connections in the automated signalling system led to a tragic accident in Odisha’s Bahanaga Bazar, resulting in 288 casualties and over 1,000 injuries.
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Three of the victims in the Bihar accident have been identified as Usha Bhandari (33), Akriti Bhandari (8), and Abu Jayand (27), while the identity of the fourth deceased passenger remains unknown. Many of the injured passengers are receiving treatment at hospitals in Buxar, Ara, and Patna.
Minister to Probe, Rescue, and Recovery
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has promised to investigate the root cause of the derailment and was expected to visit the accident site. The Kamakhya-bound train was running 1 hour and 40 minutes behind schedule when the derailment occurred around 9:35 p.m. after leaving Buxar station. A relief and rescue train arrived at the site around 1:30 a.m., and all trapped passengers were safely evacuated. Efforts were underway to put the derailed coaches back on track.
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Birendra Kumar, the Chief Public Relations Officer of East Central Railways, mentioned that an expert committee is examining the technical aspects of the derailment. Three coaches suffered the most damage, and the fatalities occurred in these coaches. The railway authorities are providing compensation to the families of the deceased and the injured passengers.
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