Patna, Feb 3 : At least seven people were killed and 11 others injured when 11 coaches of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed on Sunday in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Prime Ministernarendra Modi and Congress President Rahul gandhi have expressed condolences.
Eleven coaches of the Seemanchal Express derailed at 3.58 a.m. near the Shahadai Bujurg station and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached the spot and were carrying out rescue and relief operations.
Probe has been ordered into the cause of derailment and will be carried out by Rail Safety Commissioner Latif Khan.
According to Railway officials, three of the 11 coaches of the train that runs between Bihar’s Jogbani and Anand Vihar in New Delhi, has been damaged.
The prima facie cause of the accident was due to a rail fracture at a crossing, the officials added.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi condoled the deaths.
Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the victims’ kin.
“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 born by the Railways,” his Office tweeted.
In another tweet, the Office said that the Minister was in touch with Railway Board members and General Manager East Central Railway regarding the accident.