Bihar train derailment

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In the Bihar train disaster on June 6, 1981, a passenger train carrying more than 800 passengers[1] between Mansi (Dhamara Pul) and Saharsa, India derailed and plunged into the river Bagmati while it was crossing a bridge.

After five days, more than 200 bodies were recovered, with hundreds more missing that were feared washed away by the river.[1][2] Estimates of total deaths range from 500 to 800 or more.[1] The accident is among the deadliest-ever rail accidents on record.

The cause of the accident is uncertain as the accident was not well documented. There are multiple theories:

See also[edit]


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

Coordinates: 25°34′20″N 86°35′25″E / 25.57222°N 86.59028°E / 25.57222; 86.59028