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At least 400 people were injured after two passenger trains derailed in an accident that also occurred on a goods train.
Several people are feared dead in eastern India after two passenger trains derailed in a head-on collision with a goods train, according to officials, while hundreds remained trapped in mangled carriages.
At least 400 people were injured in an accident on Friday in Balasore district of Odisha state, according to Sudhanshu Sarangi, director general of state fire services.
He said that there were reports of 30 people killed, “but it is not clear,” adding in an interview with NDTV that they hoped “to complete the rescue operation within the next two or three hours.”
Pradeep Gina, Odisha’s chief civil servant, told reporters, “There were casualties, but since everyone is busy with rescue, we haven’t counted the number yet so I can’t confirm it officially. [the] Exact number.”
But yes, such a violent and tragic accident that occurred on three trains – two passenger trains and one goods train – we cannot rule out fatalities. We just pray to God it’s a minimum and we’ll work all night.”
Local reports said the Coromandel Express, which runs from Kolkata in the east to Chennai in southern India, fell into the opposite lane.
Hundreds of rescue personnel were searching for the 200 passengers feared to be trapped, and were cutting through rubble to reach them, NDTV reported. Footage showed dozens of people atop the overturned carriages, as the crew used breakers and performed the delicate task of extricating the survivors from the coaches.
Indian Railways spokesperson Amitabh Sharma said the cause of the accident was being investigated. Details of the incident and the sequence of events were not immediately clear.
I reported about 50 ambulances, but the wounded seemed to be too many. “A large number of buses are being moved to transport the injured to the hospital,” Gina wrote earlier on Twitter.
– PradeepJenaIAS (@PradeepJenaIAS) June 2, 2023
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said rescue operations were underway and that “all possible assistance” was being given to those affected.
Troubled by the train accident in Odisha. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured person recovers soon. Speak to the Minister of Railways @employee And review the situation. Rescue operations are underway at the accident site and all…
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 2, 2023
“We will take all hands needed for rescue operations,” Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnau, who was rushing to the accident site, wrote on Twitter.
Rush to the site in Odisha. My prayers for a speedy recovery for the injured and my condolences to the families of the victims.
Rescue teams mobilized from Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. NDRF, state government. It also mobilized teams and air forces.
He will take all hands required for rescue operations.
– Ashwini Vaishnaw June 2, 2023
Several hundred accidents occur every year on the Indian Railways, most of which are blamed on human error or outdated signaling equipment.
More than 12 million people ride 14,000 trains across India each day, traveling on 64,000 km (40,000 mi) of track.
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