New Delhi Correspondent
A least six passengers, including three women, were killed and 29 injured as a rail fracture caused 11 bogies of a Delhi-bound super fast train to go off the tracks in the eastern state of Bihar on Sunday, Indian rail officials said.
“It was on account of a communication gap at hospitals in Vaishali district that a mix-up had occurred earlier when the toll was stated to be seven. One dead person at a hospital was counted among those who lost their lives in the train mishap. Later, upon verification, it was found that he was not a passenger of the train,” Rajesh Kumar, the chief public relations of East Central Railway, said.
The bogies of the Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express derailed at around 4 am and prima facie a rail fracture led to the derailment, railway officials said.
Chief Public Relations Officer, East Central Zone, Rajesh Kumar, said the accident took place at Sahadai Buzurg in Sonepur division.
Of the 29 people wounded in the accident, two have suffered grievous injuries, while 27 have received “simple injuries”, the railway police said.
The office of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia each to kin of those killed, Rs 1 lakh each to the grievously injured people and Rs 50,000 each to those who received simple injuries.