Seemanchal Express derailment: Lucky survivors recall harrowing experience

A deafening bang and a powerful tremor flung sleeping passengers off their berths as the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express, survivors recalled.

Published: 04th February 2019 09:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2019 09:39 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

SONPUR: A deafening bang and a powerful tremor flung sleeping passengers off their berths as the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express, survivors recalled.

Imarti Devi, who boarded the train at Kishanganj, said she was fortunate to have escaped unhurt. “I prepared the bed for my mother-in-law... So we soon 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 fell on the floor of the compartment,” she recalled.

Basawan Singh, a resident of Sahadei Buzurg, where the accident took place, said he initially mistook the accident for a bomb explosion.

“Initially suspecting that a bomb had exploded nearby, I and other fellow passengers cautiously ventured out carrying lathis in our hands... ” he said.

Another local, Rameshwar Rai, said, “Luckily, the site of the mishap wasn’t a remote or a sparsely-populated area...” he said.  Both survivors and locals felt that luck favoured passengers as the accident of that magnitude and at that speed could have killed more people.

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