Bihar Train Disaster

In the Bihar train disaster on June 6, 1981, a passenger train carrying 800 or more passengers between Mansi and Saharsa, India derailed and plunged into the Bagmati river while it was crossing a bridge.

After five days, over 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 death toll in a train accident in India's northeastern Bihar State rose to 215 today, The United News of India reported.

Seven cars of the nine-car train tumbled into the Bagmati River after falling from a bridge near the city of Mansi. Divers are searching the river bed, but it was feared that many bodies were washed away.

Original reports estimated that 500 people were aboard the train, but two Indian officials quoted by The Press Trust of India said that the toll could pass 1,000 and might reach 3,000.

On June 6, 1981, a passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, derailed while it was crossing a bridge spanning the Bagmati river and plunged into the river. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing, but some estimates put the death toll as high as 800.