Bihar train derailment

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The Bihar train derailment is the worst train accident to happen in India. On June 6, 1981, a train carrying more than 800 passengers traveling between the Mansi railway station and Saharsa railway station in Bihar, derailed and fell into the River Bagmati while it was crossing the bridge over the river.[1]

Casualities[change | change source]

Five days after the accident only 200 out of 800 passengers had been recovered as dead bodies with hundreds more people missing. The missing passengers were thought to have been washed away by the River Bagmati.Total deaths were listed as 500-800.[2] This derailment stands in 4th place in the worst railway accidents by death toll in the world.

Reasons[change | change source]

Many reasons were given for this railway derailment accident.They were:

  • Brake failure while trying to avoid hitting a water buffalo [3][dead link]
  • Cyclone[4]
  • Flash floods [5]

Reference[change | change source]

  1. REUTERS (June 9, 1981). "AROUND THE WORLD; Toll From Train Crash Reaches 215 in India". New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  2. Spignesi, Stephen J. (2004). Catastrophe!: the 100 greatest disasters of all time. Citadel Press. p. 182.
  3. Emergency Disaster Management, Inc., Train Wrecks in India
  4. BBC, Iran mourns train blast victims See sidebar at bottom of page
  5. CBS[dead link]