Updates: Major Train Accident In Odisha, 300 Injured, Rescue Ops On

Updates: Major Train Accident In Odisha, 300 Injured, Rescue Ops On

The scene from the accident site in Odisha

At least 179 people were injured when a passenger train hit the derailed coaches of another train in Odisha’s Balasore this evening. Many are feared trapped.

Coromandel Express, which was going from Kolkata to Chennai, rammed the derailed coaches of the other train, which was going from Bengaluru to Kolkata, Railway Ministry spokesperson Amitabh Sharma told NDTV.

The accident happened around 7.20 pm near Bahanaga Bazar station when the train was on the way to Chennai Central station from the Shalimar station near Kolkata.

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No Head On Collision: Railway Official
A railway official denied the earlier reports of a head-on collision between two trains in Odisha.

Help Desks have Been Set Up
Coromandel Express Derailment Update: Scenes From The Accident Site

Coromandel Express Derailment Update: Close To 180 Reported Injured

Darkness Hinders Rescue Ops
A PTI reporter at the spot said several people were trapped under the derailed coaches, and locals were assisting emergency services personnel to rescue them, but darkness was hindering the operation.

Helpline Numbers Released
The Odisha government has issued helpline number 06782-262286. The railway helplines are 033-26382217 (Howrah), 8972073925 (Kharagpur), 8249591559 (Balasore) and 044- 25330952 (Chennai).

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Scene From The Accident Site
Hospitals Around Balasore On Alert
Medical college and all hospitals in and around Balasore are on alert.

No Reports Of Casualties So Far
It was not immediately known how many people were injured in the accident. There are no reports of any casualties.

Relief Trains Rushed To The Accident Site
Accident relief trains have been dispatched to the spot, a South Eastern Railway official said.

Train Accident Update
The accident happened around 7.20 pm near Bahanaga Bazar station when the train was on the way to Chennai Central station from the Shalimar station near Kolkata, said officials.

Coromandel Express Collides With Goods Train, Derails
Four coaches of the Coromandel Express derailed in Odisha’s Balasore district on Friday evening after a head-on collision with a goods train, officials said.

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