More than 300 people were killed in the Odisha railway catastrophe.
In the eastern Indian state of Odisha, a collision involving three trains has resulted in at least 300 dead and 1,000 injuries.
On Friday, a passenger train derailed onto a nearby track and was hit by an approaching train, also colliding with a nearby halted goods train.
Following a thorough examination of the debris by hundreds of emergency personnel, a sizable recovery operation is in progress.
The reason behind India’s biggest train accident in more than 20 years is still unknown.
A halted goods train caused several Coromandel Express carriages to derrail at around 19:00 (13:30 GMT) in the Balasore area, according to officials. The train was going between Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and Chennai (formerly Madras). On the other track, several of its instructors eventually ended up.
The Howrah Superfast Express, which runs from Yesvantpur to Howrah, then struck the flipped carriages as it was moving in the opposite way.
Atul Karwal, head of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), told the ANI news agency that several coaches were crushed and damaged as a result of the force with which the trains impacted.
According to the state’s chief secretary Pradeep Jena, more than 200 ambulances, as well as several medical professionals, nurses, and rescuers, were dispatched to the area.
Director General of Odisha Fire Services Sudhanshu Sarangi had originally reported 300+ dead.
All passengers who were entrapped and hurt have been rescued. How severe the wounds of those rushed to hospitals were remains unclear.
On Saturday afternoon, along with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the disaster site.
Although Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan cited “technical reasons” as the cause of the crash, an investigation has been opened.
The chaotic circumstances and the valiant efforts of residents to save trapped passengers have been documented by survivors and eyewitnesses.
Train Accident in Odisha
“Four passengers from my community who were travelling have escaped, but many others are hurt or yet unaccounted for. In the bus I was riding in, many people lost their lives, he said.
Fatal train crashes in India
- In June 1981, a typhoon caused the collapse of seven out of nine carriages of train, resulting in nearly 800 fatalities.
- August 1995: A train collision 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Delhi results in at least 350 fatalities.
- August 1999: Near Kolkata, two trains collide, killing at least 285 people.
- In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, a train derails in October 2005, killing 77 people.
- November 2016, Derailment involving 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express train close to Kanpur resulted in around 150 fatalities.
Millions of people travel by train every day in India, which has one of the largest networks in the world.
This time of year, a growing number of people travel during school breaks, which might result in very crowded trains.