At least 14 persons were injured when a road over bridge (ROB) collapsed and fell on a goods train passing under it in Maripur area of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, about 75 km from Patna.
The deputy superintendent of the Muzaffarpur Sadar Hospital said 10 of the injured admitted to the hospital were ‘stable’.
Four other injured persons were taken to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur town.
The collapse occurred soon after the train carrying cement bags and edibles left the Muzaffarpur railway station, located about 100 metres east of the bridge, for Raxaul in East Champaran, a small town on the Indo-Nepal border.
Eyewitnesses said the bridge first shook and then collapsed on the train.
“All I remember is hitting the ground with a big thud before losing consciousness,” said Ramji Sah, who was hurt in the mishap.
The injured, either walking on the bridge or riding two auto rickshaws, went down with the collapsed portion and fell on the goods train passing underneath.
Movement of trains on the Muzaffarpur-Hajipur section and Muzaffarpur-Sugauli (East Champaran) section of the ECR came to a standstill due to the collapse.
ECR chief public relations officer Amitabh Prabhakar said rescue work and restoration of railway traffic were underway.
Movement of trains on the Muzaffarpur-Hajipur section and Muzaffarpur-Sugauli (East Champaran) section of the ECR came to a standstill as a result of the incident.
Prabhakar said the cause of the ROB collapse would be ascertained in course of an inquiry that would commence very soon.
A technical official posted at Muzaffarpur railway station said on the condition of anonymity that it appeared the bridge collapse after one of its pillars was hit by some derailed bogies of the goods train.
Another official said vehicular traffic was allowed on the bridge, commissioned in the 1960s, even though it had been declared “dangerous for heavy traffic”.