Bihar train tragedy: How it happened

Atleast 20 people were run over by Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express at Dhamara Ghat in Khagariya district, 160 kilometers from Patna.

By Ajith Vijay Kumar | Last Updated: Aug 19, 2013, 12:57 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Patna: Atleast 20 people were run over by Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express at Dhamara Ghat in Khagariya district, 160 kilometers from Patna.

The tragedy occurred when the speeding train ran over people who were crossing the tracks. The victims were mostly pilgrims to the famous Katyayni Temple.

Today being the last Monday of the month of Sawan, there was a huge rush of pilgrims at the temple. Those killed were mostly kanwarias or Shiva devotees.

They had alighted from another train when the speeding train – running at 80/kmph as per reports - came in fast, catching them unawares and gave them no time to escape to safety.

An angry crowd assaulted the train driver after it stopped at a distance. Reports also claimed that railway officials stationed at the station have abandoned the station fearing violence.

Rail traffic on the route has been temporarily suspended.