The worst train accidents in India

Country's deadliest and world's second biggest train accident happened in 1981 in Bihar.


Bihar train disaster

  • Accident Date: June 6, 1981
  • Place: Between Mansi and Saharsa
  • Deaths of Passenger: approx 800

Country’s deadliest and world’s second biggest train accident happened in 1981 in Bihar. On June 6, 1981, at least 800 people were killed when seven of the nine bogies of an overcrowded passenger train derailed from a bridge and fell into the Bagmati river during a cyclone at Balaghat in Bihar.

A passenger train fell in the Bagmati river near Saharsa Bihar. 

It was one of the most dangerous rail accidents in India and the world. Some news channels say that the accident was caused by a cyclone while others say it was due to flash flooding.

As the heavy driver rained, the train fell into the river due to sudden braking when the animal came on the bridge.

Firozabad Train disaster

  • Incident Date: August 20, 1995
  • Place: Between Delhi-Kanpur (Firozabad)
  • Deaths of Passenger: 358 Deaths

The Purushottam Express, which runs between Delhi to Kanpur, boarded the stationary Kalindi Express near Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, in which more than 360 passengers were reported to have died in both trains.

Some news channels attributed the incident to a manual error. The brake of the Kalindi Express got jammed after the animal died and came to a standstill on the track.

Also, the Purushottam Express was also allowed to run on the same track. The Purushottam Express hit the Kalindi Express from behind which caused the disaster.

Khanna rail disaster

  • Incident Date: November 26, 1998
  • Place: Between Jammu Tawi – Khanna
  • Deaths of Passenger: 280 Deaths

Jammu Tawi – Sealdah Express derailed three tracks of Amritsar-bounded Frontier Golden Temple Mail in Khanna, Punjab.

Due to the broken rail, the mail of the Golden Temple derailed, and at the same time, the Jammu Tawi-Sealdah Express derailed six.

Gyaneshwari Express train derailment

  • Incident Date: May 28, 2010
  • Place: Between Mumbai-bound Howrah
  • Deaths of Passenger: 235 Deaths

The Mumbai-bound Howrah Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express derailed at 1 am between Khemshauli and Sadiha in the West Midnapore district: 30 am-midnight, and then hit by a freight train.

The collision of Awadh–Assam Express and Brahmaputra Mail

  • Accident Date: August 2, 1999
  • Place: Between Awadh-Assam
  • Deaths of Passenger: 230 Deaths

In Awadh of Katihar Division of the North Frontier Railway, the Awadh-Assam Express and Brahmaputra Mail collided with about 268 people were killed and more than 359 were injured.

It is said from several news channels that Mail was carrying Indian troops and soldiers from Assam to the border, while the Awadh Assam Express was going to Guwahati and was stationed at a station near Guwahati near Guslar.

The Brahmaputra Mail was given the green signal to proceed on the same track due to signal failure. In this way, at 1:30 am the Awadh Assam Express was hit from the front.

The engine of Awadh Assam was thrown high in the air, and passengers of both trains were blown into neighboring buildings and fields by the force of the explosion.

Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express

  • Incident Date: September 9, 2002
  • Place: Between Howrah to New Delhi
  • Deaths of Passenger: 200 Deaths

The New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near RafiGanj station between Gaya and Delhi-on-Son stations, leading to many newspapers speculating that more than 130 people were killed in the railroad incident of Manuel Fault.

The reason was that the same track was considered weak and was of British times. Heavy rains caused the track to crack which was the cause of the derailment of the capital at 100 km / h.

Pukhrayan, Kanpur, November 2016:

Nearly 150 people were killed and more than 200 injured on November 20, 2016, when the Indore–Patna Express .

September 28 , 1954 

A train crashed into the Yasanti river when a bridge collapsed, about 75 km (47 mi) south of Hyderabad, killing 139 and injuring more than 100.

September 27,  1954 

Derailment of 319 Down Express at a girder bridge between Jangaon and Raghunathpalli stations on  September 27, 1954, resulting in the death of 136 persons.

September 2, 1956 

A bridge collapsed under a train travelling between Jadcherla and Mahbubnager, about 100 km (62 mi) from Hyderabad. At least 125 were killed and 22 injured.