Bihar train derailment
In the Bihar train disaster on June 6, 1981, a passenger train carrying more than 800 passengers 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. Estimates of total deaths range from 500 to 800 or more. 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:
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