Trapped in the worst-hit S1 coach of the derailed Indore-Patna Express for over 10 hours before being rescued, businessman Arun Sharma’s journey to Patna by the train turned into a nightmare with his nine-year-old son missing.
Sharma, 42, along with his wife and another son, 11-year-old Gigyansh were injured in the mishap, while their other son Triyansh is yet to be traced.
Sharma was travelling from Bhopal to Patna to attend his friend’s wedding on November 21 when the train derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur rural district.
The family, like most of the other passengers, were deep asleep when they were jolted as the train jumped off the tracks with such force that two coaches, S1 and S2, telescoped into each other.
Two other sleeper coaches — S3 and S4 — were also badly damaged in the mishap and accounted for most of the over 100 causalities in the accident.
“We were all sleeping in the S1 coach when we were jolted by the shock and we all fell on the floor,” said Sharma, who suffered multiple fractures in his hands and is receiving treatment at the Mati government hospital here, 35 kms from the site of the accident. “I was rescued from the mangled remains of the bogie by the army men at 1 pm, almost 10 hours after the accident,” he said.
His wife, Nupur, also suffered fractures in hands and is receiving treatment at the same hospital where over 70 injured patients have been admitted.
However, the family is extremely worried about their son, Triyansh, who has not been traced yet.
“We are trying to search their son in other hospitals where the injured had been admitted,” said Archana, a senior doctor at the hospital.
Many injured passengers have also been admitted at the Ursla and Hallat hospitals in Kanpur Urban district. PTI
He boarded the train to attend cousin’s wedding
Jivtesh Kumar, a native of Bihar’s Munger district, couldn’t wait for his cousin’s marriage. The wedding was to take place in Patna, so the 28-year-old, who was living in Bhopal, boarded the Indore-Patna express on Saturday, eager for the festivities.
Jivtesh had pursued his engineering from the Vidyapeeth Institute of Science and Technology in Bhopal, and had been living in the city ever since. He was one of the victims in the tragic train crash.
“I came to know about his death when I was watching the news to see updates about the tragedy. Both his parents are aged, so I was very nervous about how to convey this tragic news. I finally gathered courage and told his father that Jivtesh has been admitted to hospital. They are on their way to Kanpur but I don’t know how they will react after learning of his death,” Jivtesh’s cousin Mukesh Singh, who was his guardian in Bhopal, said. HTC