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Amit Bhelari

Bihar train accident | 4 dead, more than 60 injured as North East Superfast Express derails in Buxar

Four persons were killed and over 60 injured when six coaches of the Assam-bound North East Superfast Express derailed in Buxar district of Bihar late on Wednesday, an official said.

The 23-coach train (No. 12506) left the Anand Vihar terminal in Delhi at 7.40 a.m. on Wednesday and was en route to Tinsukia in Assam. The incident occurred at 9.53 p.m. near the Raghunathpur railway station.

A quick response team from the Danapur division of the East Central Railway (ECR) has rushed to the spot.

A site of the accident after three bogies of North East Express derailed near Raghunathpur railway station in Buxar district, Wednesday evening, Oct. 11, 2023. (Source: PTI)

Speaking to The Hindu, Buxar District Magistrate Anshul Agarwal confirmed the casualties.

Due to the derailment, the upline and downline of the route has been affected and trains plying on the stretch have been diverted to other routes.

Helpline numbers

The Railways has issued helpline numbers for the public to reach out for information: Patna station (PNBE) - 9771449971, Danapur station (DNR) - 8905697493, and Ara station (ARA) - 8306182542.

“Rescue operation going on at war footing at Buxar derailment site. NDRF, SDRF, District administration, Railway officials, and local residents are all working as one team. Injured shifted to hospital. War room operating,” Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw posted on X. He said rescue operations would be completed soon which will be followed by the restoration of the tracks.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, who is currently in Kerala, spoke to the officials concerned in Buxar and directed them to ensure speedy rescue work. He also instructed the health department to provide all possible support to the injured.

BJP president J.P.Nadda spoke to Bihar BJP State president Samrat Choudhary over phone and directed the BJP workers to immediately cooperate for relief and rescue work at the accident site.

Two trains cancelled, 21 diverted

According to a statement issued by the East Central Railway zone, trains that have been cancelled include: Kashi Patna Jan Shatabdi Express (15125) and Patna Kashi Jan Shatabdi Express (15126).

Trains that have been diverted onto alternate routes include: Pune-Danapur SF Express (12149), Patliputra SF Express (12141), Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (12424), Vikramshila Express (12368), Kamakhya Express (15623), Guwahati Express (15633), Rajendra Nagar Terminal Tejas Rajdhani Express (12310), Bhagalpur Garib Rath Express (22406), Anvt Rdp Express (22488), among others.

(With inputs from PTI)

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