In Odisha’s Balasore Coromandel Express, a passenger train collided with the derailed coaches of another train on 1st June. Till now the death of 38 people and 400 injuries are reported but the number is anticipated to rise. According to Odisha’s chief secretary Pradeep Jena a third freight train was also involved.
The accident happened when some of the coaches of the Coromandel Express scheduled to reach Howrah from Chennai got derailed and fell on the running parallel track. These derailed coaches were then hit by the Yashwantpur-Howrah Superfast train coming from the other side as mentioned by Amitabh Sharma, a spokesperson from the Railway Ministry. The two train details reported are 12841 Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express and 12864 Yashwantpur-Howrah Superfast Express.
It is reported that while the other two trains got derailed 15 coaches o Coromandel Express lost their track. The rescue operation is going under the supervision of Odisha Fire Services chief, Sudhanshu Sarangi. An alert message is sent to Medical colleges and hospitals in and around the Balasore vicinity. A number of sixty ambulances are already deployed.
The National Disaster Relief Force has deployed (NDRF) and their related counterpart has deployed hundreds of their personnel to cut through the debris and search for the trapped passengers.
Revenue Minister Pramila Malik will visit the site in coordination with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
To go through the Prime Minister’s tweet for the incident visit https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1664665463450918913?s=20