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One of the worst rail accidents in India: Odisha triple train crash
In one of the worst rail accidents in India, at least 288 people were killed when three trains collided one after another in a horrific sequence in Odisha’s Balasore district, setting off a massive rescue and evacuation process.
The rescue work is still going on at the incident place, around 900 people have injured due to this horrible train accident. While there is no clear caused the crash yet.
Indian Army had deployed to help in the evacuation and relief work for injured people.
Government of India’s responding actions:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached to Odisha to visit the site of the train accident and he also surveyed Cuttack hospital.
The Prime Minister has ordered to schedule a meeting to review the situation in relation to the rail accident.
Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had reached at the train accident site in Odisha and informed media that their focus now is rescue and relief operations.
The cause of the train accident in Odisha can be identified after the probe.
The horrific train crash:
The one of the worst train crash incident took place near the Bahanaga Baazar station in Balasore district from 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar around 7 PM on Friday.
Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express train were on the way to Howrah and some coached of the train derailed and fell on adjacent tracks.
These derailed coaches had been clashed with the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express.
A goods train of Coromandel Express had going to Chennai but it hit its wagons after getting derailed and involved in the accident.
Odisha triple train crash data:
Around more than 250 people were killed and over 900 injured in the crash in Odisha’s Balasore involving the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and a goods train.
Railway tracks were almost demolished at the spot, some having mounted on another, while a few coaches turned turtle due to the impact.
Kawach, a train collation system, was not available on this route.
Doctors who are doing their duties at AIIMS- Bhubaneswar were diverted to Balasore and Cuttack to assist in the relief operations.
A massive rescue operation:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced one-day state mourning on Saturday in the wake of the deadly triple train crash.
Railway has cancelled 18 long-distance trains due to the accident as it was happened on the Howrah-Chennai main line in the Kharagpur division of the South Eastern Railway.
The railways declared an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the family of dead and Rs 2 lakh for those grievously injured and Rs 50,000 for those who got minor injuries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also declared an additional ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured from the PM’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).