Indian train derails killing six

India train derailment

"Railway Minister is in touch with Railway Board members and GM ECR (East Central Railways) regarding #seemanchalexpress accident.He (Piyush Goyal) has expressed profound grief over the loss of innocent lives in this tragic accident and wished speedy recovery for the injured", the office of Piyush Goyal said in a statement.

One general coach, one AC coach, three sleeper coaches - S8, S9 and S10 - and six more coaches had derailed. More than 600 people have been killed in such accidents in the past five years.

Twenty-four people have been injured in the accident, Superintendent of Police Manavjit Singh Dhillon said.

According to Railway officials, three of the 11 coaches of the train that runs between Bihar's Jogbani and Anand Vihar in New Delhi, have been damaged. The injured were rushed to a hospital here, where the doctors referred the seriously wounded to Muzaffarpur and Patna. Ambulances have been pressed into service.

Additionally, the Ministry of Railways announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those who lost their lives, while Rs 1 lakh will be given to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered simple injuries.

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Local residents were aiding rescue teams in carrying out operations.

"Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force have reached the spot", said Smita Vats Sharma, spokesperson of Indian Railways.

An additional 11 coaches will be added to the train at Danapur near Patna.

The Bihar government has also announced ex-gratia of INR 4 lakh to the kin of the dead. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed shock at the deaths of the passengers.

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