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Bihar derailment: Goyal announces ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to next of kin of deceased
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Bihar derailment: Goyal announces ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to next of kin of deceased

New Delhi, Feb 3 : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday announced ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased, Rs one lakh to grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to persons, who sustained minor injuries, in the train accident at Bihar.

At least seven people died, while as many as 27 people were injured, after 11 coaches of Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed in Vaishali district of Bihar.

The incident took place at around 0358 hrs, after the train passed Mehnar Road.

'Derailment of 11 rearmost Coaches of Train No 12487 (Jogbani Anandvihar Terminal) Seemanchal Express took place at Sahadai Buzurg Station in Sonpur Division of East Central Railway. Out of 11, three coaches are reported to have overturned,' Ministry of Railways said in a statement.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety/Eastern Circle will conduct inquiry into this accident.

'In this unfortunate incident, seven passengers lost their lives, three got grievously injured, while 27 passengers sustained simple injuries,' the Ministry said.

Upon receiving the news about this accident, Mr Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board, senior Railway Board officials, General Manager, East Central Railway, DRM Sonpur and other senior officers rushed to the accident site.

Besides, the Self propelled accident relief train and medical equipment (SPARME) and Accident Relief Trains (ART) reached the site.

The unaffected 12 coaches were cleared from site along with passengers and moved to Danapur, where additional coaches will be attached and the special train will move for Anand Vihar Terminal.

All the injured passengers have been moved to nearby Hospitals, District Hospitals and Railway Hospital.

Adequate number of Doctors are available at site. Ambulances have been pressed into service.

All medical expenses of the injured passengers will be borne by the Railways.

Adequate free catering arrangements have been made at the site, in Patna, Hajipur and at hospitals for passengers. Commercial officers with teams are deployed at Hajipur and Danapur to take care.

Arrangements for refunds to the passengers, who do not continue their journey, have been ensured at different stations.

The rescue operation is completed, the Ministry said.(UNI)