At least 238 passengers died and 650 injured in an accident involving two express trains and one goods train in Odisha’s Balasore district on Friday evening, reported ANI, citing the South Eastern Railway.
The accident, one of the deadliest in recent times, occurred around 7 pm when two coaches of the Yashwantpur-Howrah Express derailed near the Bahanaga railway station in Balasore, reported The Hindu. The derailed coaches came in the path of the speeding Coromandal Express on the adjoining track and collided with it. Seventeen bogies of the Coromandal Express were derailed in the collision.
Some of these bogies of the Coromandal Express then hit a goods train, a railway official said, reported The Hindu.
Death toll rises to 233 in the Balasore Train Accident. @CMO_Odisha @IPR_Odisha @RailMinIndia @SecyChief @SRC_Odisha
— Pradeep Jena IAS (@PradeepJenaIAS) June 3, 2023
Rescue operations are underway and all hospitals in nearby districts have been put on alert, reported NDTV. Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena told the news channel that three National Disaster Response Force units, four Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force units, over 15 fire rescue teams, 30 doctors, 200 police personnel and 60 ambulances are at the accident site.
Officials told The Indian Express that the toll is likely to rise as several coaches are still scattered across the tracks.
The crash has…