Odisha train crash: More than 280 dead

At least 280 people have been killed and 900 are injured in a crash involving three trains in India’s eastern Odisha state, officials say.

A collision of three trains, involving a goods train, a 12841 Coromandel Express, and a 12864 Bengaluru–Howrah SF Express occurred on 2 June 2023 in the Indian state of Odisha. At least 280 people have died and around 900 were injured in the incident.

Crash

At about 7pm local time (13:30 GMT)on 2 June 2023, two passenger trains collided on the Howrah–Chennai Main Line near Bahanaga Bazar in Balasore district in the eastern state of Odisha, leaving at least 280 people dead and more than 900 others injured.It was believed that the first train derailed and some of its carriages overturned and ended up in the opposite track where they were struck by the second train. A freight train was also involved in the crash.

The passenger trains involved were the 12841 Coromandel Express (between Shalimar and MGR Chennai Central) and the 12864 SMVT Bengaluru–Howrah SF Express (between SMVT Bengaluru and Howrah).

Odisha Train accident
It is India’s worst train crash this century

Aftermath

The railways announced compensation of ₹10 lakh (₹1,000,000) for families of the deceased and ₹2 lakh (₹200,000) for the severely injured and ₹50,000 for those with minor injuries. Further, ex gratia compensation of ₹2 lakh (₹200,000) from the PMNRF would be given to the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 to the injured.

Following the crash, 49 trains were cancelled and 38 trains were diverted onto a different route.The inaugural run of the Mumbai CSMT–Madgaon Vande Bharat Express which was scheduled for 3 June was also cancelled.

Following the incident, Chief Minister of Odisha Sri Naveen Patnaik declared one-day state mourning.

Report

One passenger train derailed and its coaches fell on to the adjacent track where they were struck by an incoming train on Friday evening. A freight train was stationary.

The death toll is expected to rise, as many are still trapped in the wreckage.

The cause of India’s worst train crash this century is not yet clear.

Officials said several carriages from the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed at about 19:00 (13:30 GMT) in Balasore district, hit a stationary goods train and several of its coaches ended up on the opposite track.

Another train – the Howrah Superfast Express travelling from Yesvantpur to Howrah – then hit the overturned carriages.

“The force with which the trains collided has resulted in several coaches being crushed and mangled. We are trying to cut through the wreckage to reach the passengers. We also have to be careful to not hurt those alive,” Atul Karwal, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told news agency ANI.

He said this was “the third deadliest crash in the history of Indian railways”.

BRIEF

At least 280 people have been killed and 900 are injured in a crash involving three trains in India’s eastern Odisha state, officials say.

India’s deadly train crashes

June 1981: Nearly 800 people died when seven of the nine coaches of an overcrowded train fell into a river during a cyclone
August 1995: At least 350 people are killed when two trains collide 200km (125 miles) from Delhi
August 1999: Two trains collide near Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) killing at least 285 people
October 2005: 77 people are killed when a train derails in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh
November 2016: Nearly 150 people are killed and an equal number are injured when 14 carriages of the Indore-Patna Express train derail near the city of Kanpur.

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