Biggest train accident in India

BAHANAGA, India, June 3 (Reuters) – At least 288 people died in India’s worst train crash in more than 20 years, officials said Saturday. A passenger train went off the tracks and hit another train, which a preliminary report said was caused by a broken signal.

Coromandel Express, involved in fatal disaster in Odisha, went down the wrong track.

At least 288 people have died in India’s worst train crash in decades.

One of the trains involved in the accident on Friday also hit a goods train that was parked nearby. The accident happened in the district of Balasore in the state of Odisha in the east of the country. Eight hundred and three people were hurt.

A Reuters witness said that there are still dead bodies in the wrecked coaches and that the rescue operation is still going on. The death toll is likely to rise.

Anand said that a preliminary study shows that the accident happened because a signal failed.

“The Coromandel Express was meant to go on the main line, but a signal was given for the loop line instead, and the train crashed into a goods train that was already parked there. “Two of its cars then fell onto the tracks on either side, causing the Howrah Superfast Express to also go off the tracks,” he said.

Coromandel Express, involved in fatal disaster in Odisha, went down the wrong track.

The number of fatalities kept climbing throughout the night. Locals and rescuers rushed to help the survivors as scores of bodies, covered in white sheets, lay on the ground beside the tracks. Armed forces personnel and helicopters from the air force joined in.

The sad event took place close to the Bahanaga Baazar station in the Balasore district, which is around 250 kilometres south of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal state, and about 170 kilometres north of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha.

 

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