An accident involving two commuter trains and a cargo train in the eastern Indian state of Odisha’s Balasore, has ended in the untimely deaths of over 300 people, and an additional 900 people injured. The Coromandel Express, which runs between Kolkata and Chennai, collided with the Howrah Superfast Express, as reported by railway authorities.
Volunteers plunged through stacks of fragments and damages to recover bodies, and free those under the rubles after two passenger trains derailed in India, ending many lives and trapping dozens more inside the mangled trains, in one of the country’s scariest train collisions in many years.
The disaster, which occurred approximately 220 kilometers southwest of Kolkata, created a chaotic sight as rescuers clambered atop the damaged trains and used cutting lasers to burst through doors and windows and extract people. The cause is being investigated.
In the words of Amitabh Sharma, a Railroad Ministry spokeswoman, ten to twelve coaches of one train derailed, and rubble from some of the crushed coaches spilled onto an adjacent rail track. Sharma again said, another passenger train traveling in the other way, struck the wreckage, leading up to three coaches on the subsequent train to derail as well.
Also, it’s being believed that, a third cargo train was apparently involved, but there was no confirmation from railroad authorities. Per information gathered, several of the derailed passenger coaches collided with vehicles from the cargo train.
As at this morning, television images revealed rescuers and police digging among the debris as the hunt continued. Hundreds of others tuned up to donate blood at a nearby hospital.
According to officials, 1,200 rescuers have worked throughout the late hours at the accident scene with 115 ambulances, 50 buses, and 45 mobile health teams. The state has designated today as a day of mourning.
However, villagers reported they raced to the scene to rescue victims, after hearing a loud noise caused by the train collision. “The local people really went out on a limb to help us. They not only helped in pulling out people, but retrieved our luggage and got us water,” Rupam Banerjee, a survivor said.
Passenger Vandana Kaleda stated that, throughout the crash, passengers were “falling on each other” inside the train as it rocked aggressively and went off the tracks.
“As I stepped out of the washroom, suddenly the train tilted. I lost my balance. Everything went topsy turvy. People started falling on each other and I was shocked and could not understand what happened. My mind stopped working,” she said.
Another survivor, who held on to his name, said the impact awakened him while he was taking a nap. Other people had damaged limbs and mutilated faces, he disclosed.
The derailed Coromandel Express was on its way from Howrah in West Bengal state to Chennai, the capital of southern Tamil Nadu state. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sympathy to the grieving families.
“May the injured recover soon,” Modi stated, adding that he has communicated with the railway minister, and that “all possible assistance” would be offered. Despite government initiatives to enhance rail well-being, hundreds of disasters happen on India’s railways each year, the world’s largest train system under one control.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, conveyed his sympathies to the relatives of those perished in the unfortunate train tragedy in Odisha. Vijayan expressed Kerala’s sympathy with Odisha during this difficult time.
“Deeply saddened by the tragic train accident in Odisha. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones. Kerala stands in solidarity with Odisha during this difficult time,” he said.