The accident occurred when the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express crashed into a freight train in the middle of a dense fog.
People moving near hot train cars because of the accident. (Credits: OTV)
Bhubaneswar: At least 15 passengers were injured when five Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Lokmanya Tilak Express trainers were derailed and three more were displaced after colliding with a freight train in the middle of a heavy fog near Cuttack in Odisha on Thursday, railway officials said.
Railroad officials had previously said that 25 passengers were injured in the incident, but later the officers who arrived at the site reported that four passengers had suffered serious injuries and 11 had received minor injuries.
Passengers with serious injuries have been sent to Cuttack Medical College. It is stated that all passengers are out of danger.
Authorities said the accident happened when the passenger train hit a good train’s truck around 7 am between Salagaon and Nergundi stations.
Officials said there was a lot of fog on the site, but it was not clear what led to the accident. The speedometer of both trains was seized for consultation, said East Coast Railway spokesman JP Mishra.
Buses have been organized so that all remaining passengers move to their destination.
Cuttack is about 10-12 km away and Bhubaneswar (termination station) is 35 km away. The accident interrupted train services in the area.
Five trains have been affected by the accident in which restoration work is being carried out. These include the Bhubaneswar-Mumbai LTT SF Express, the Puri-Rourkela Express, the Dhanbad-Bhubaneshwar Rajyarani Express that have been diverted through Naraj.
“East Coast Railway recognizes with deep gratitude the help of locals and nearby villagers who have shown great humanitarian values and come to the rescue of injured passengers,” said Mishra.
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