233 people lost their lives and more than 900 people were injured in the accident that occurred at 19.20 local time yesterday, in the Balasore region of the Orissa state of India, near the Bahanaga Bazar Train Station, involving 3 trains, 2 of which are passengers and 1 of which are freight.
THEY ARE WORKING FOR MORE THAN 600 PASSENGER
It is feared that the death toll from the accident will rise. The railway official shared the information that the passenger trains involved in the accident belonged to Coromandel Express and Yashwatpur-Howrah Express. Authorities reported that 179 of the injured were hospitalized, and efforts are underway to evacuate more than 600 passengers trapped on the train.
It was recorded that the Coromandel Express passenger train departing from Shalimar Railway Station is on its way to Chennai Central Railway Station.
LOCAL PEOPLE ALSO SUPPORT THE WORKS
Pradeep Jena, one of the top officials of the state of Orissa, said in his statement that 115 ambulances, 50 buses, 45 mobile clinics and more than 1200 police and rescue teams were dispatched to the region. “I am grateful to all the volunteers who donated blood. We are trying to send doctors, ambulances and buses as reinforcements,” said Jena, adding that they focused on rescue activities and the cause of the accident was being investigated. It was reported that the local people also supported the rescue efforts. Many train services were canceled after the accident.
EXPLANATIONS FROM AUTHORITIES
Indian President Draupadi Murmu, in his Twitter post, expressed his deep sorrow for the “unfortunate accident” and shared the grief of the families who lost their loved ones.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the other hand, stated in his tweet that he met with the Minister of Railways regarding the accident and that all necessary support was given to those affected by the accident. Modi, heading to the families who lost their loved ones, wished healing to the injured.