Seemanchal Express Derailment Highlights: All Medical Expenses To Be Covered By Railways, Says Piyush Goyal


At least six people have died and 24 others were injured after nine coaches of Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed today in Bihar’s Vaishali at 3.52 AM. Several people are reported to be injured. The office of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that rescue and relief operations are on after derailment the nine coaches of Jogbani-Anand Vihar Terminal Seemanchal Express at Sahadai Buzurg, Bihar.

Rescue operations are underway and helpline numbers have been issued, the Railway Ministry said. “Rescue and relief operations are on for derailment of 9 coaches of Jogbani-Anand Vihar Terminal Seemanchal express at Sahadai Buzurg, Bihar,” Piyush Goyal’s office tweeted

Among the nine coaches that derailed, three are sleeper coaches – S8, S9, S10, one general coach, one AC coach B3, said East Central Railway spokesperson Rajesh Kumar. A team of doctors has been sent from nearby towns of Sonpur and Barauni to the site of accident.

Here are the highlights on the train accident

Feb 03, 2019
13:37 (IST)
Railways has issued a clarification that six people have died in the accident, and not seven as previously reported.
Feb 03, 2019
11:55 (IST)
Six passengers who died in the accident have been identified

  • Six passengers who died in the accident have been identified, one body yet to be identified. The condition of three people said to be critical.
  • All the passengers were served tea, food packets and packed drinking water.
  • Each coach being manned by commercial and RPF staff.
  • Affected passengers have been transported to Hajipur and Danapur railway stations
  • Arrangements for refunds to the passengers who do not want to continue their journey have been ensured at different stations.
  • Arrangements for ex gratia payment has been made.
Feb 03, 2019
11:39 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over the death of people in the train accident in Bihar.
“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the derailment of coaches of the Seemanchal Express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly,” the PM tweeted.
He said, Railways, NDRF, and local authorities are providing all possible assistance in the wake of the accident.
Feb 03, 2019
10:22 (IST)
Officials say the coaches separated from the engine before they derailed; three of the 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.
Feb 03, 2019
10:13 (IST)

Principal Secretary, Disaster Management Department, Pratyay Amrit said that the identities of the victim was yet to be confirmed.
“The identity of the deceased was yet to be confirmed. Rescue operations are in full swing and an accident relief train has been sent to the site of the mishap. A team of the NDRF has also reached the spot,” Mr Kumar said.
Feb 03, 2019
09:51 (IST)
Seven people have been confirmed dead in the accident. Officials said that the seven bodies have been brought to Hajipur Sadar hospital for post-mortem.