Other States

Seemanchal Express derailment: Jolted awake by a violent bang

Police personnel inspect the site the Seemanchal Express derailment at Sahadai Buzurg station in Bihar’s Vaishali district on February 3, 2019

Police personnel inspect the site the Seemanchal Express derailment at Sahadai Buzurg station in Bihar’s Vaishali district on February 3, 2019   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

Survivors recall horror of early morning derailment

A deafening bang and a powerful jolt flung sleeping passengers off their berths as the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express jumped the tracks here in the early hours of Sunday, survivors recalled.

Imarati Devi, who had boarded the train at Kishanganj on Saturday night, said she was fortunate to have escaped unhurt as her compartment was among the 11 derailed coaches.

She and her mother-in-law had settled in for the long journey ahead and dozed off.

“Suddenly, I found myself hitting a hard surface, my ears still ringing from an explosion-like sound. It took me a few seconds to realise that I had fallen on the floor of the compartment,” Ms Imarati said.

She added that men broke open the window panes and helped her crawl out.

Basawan Singh, a resident of Sahadei Buzurg in Vaishali district, said that he initially mistook the accident for a bomb explosion. “We were asleep when we heard the loud bang. Initially suspecting that a bomb had exploded nearby, I and other neighbours cautiously ventured out carrying lathis in our hands... The tracks were a few yards away and we could sense that a train was stranded, but it was dark and we took time to figure out what happened.”

Another local resident, Rameshwar Rai, said, “Luckily, the site of the mishap wasn’t a remote or a sparsely-populated area.”

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Apr 8, 2020 3:18:01 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/seemanchal-express-derailment-jolted-awake-by-a-violent-bang/article26169342.ece

Next Story