Four people were killed and 70 others were injured after the North East Express derailed near Raghunathpur railway station in Bihar’s Buxar district on Wednesday evening.
The North East Express, coming from Anand Vihar Terminal in Delhi, was on its way to Kamakhya Junction in Assam’s Guwahati when six coaches of the train derailed at 9:53 pm. At least two AC 3 Tier coaches had toppled over while four other coaches jumped the tracks, television visuals showed.
Train number 12506 (Anand Vihar Terminal to Kamakhya) was passing through the main line of Raghunathpur station. Six coaches got derailed,” the Railway Ministry said.
The 23-coach train had departed the Anand Vihar terminal in Delhi at 7:40 am on Wednesday for its nearly 33-hour journey to Kamakhya.
Buxar Superintendent of Police (SP) Manish Kumar told news agency PTI four passengers had died in the accident. A Railway Police Force official said at least 70 passengers have been injured and shifted to local hospitals.
Those with serious injuries were rushed to AIIMS, Patna. Relief measures were initiated immediately after the incident, with ambulances and doctors rushing to the site.
At least 21 trains operating on the route, including the Rajdhani Express between Delhi and Dibrugarh, have been diverted. Two trains were also cancelled and they were — Kashi Patna Jan Shatabdi Express (15125) and Patna Kashi Jan Shatabdi Express (15126), according to a statement issued by the East Central Railway zone.