Over 300 Killed In India’s Odisha Train Collision
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Excerpt from wikipedia, on “2023 Odisha train collision“, in italics, below:
On 2 June 2023, three trains collided near the city of Balasore, in the state of Odisha in eastern India. Two passenger trains, the 12841 Coromandel Express and the 12864 SMVT Bengaluru–Howrah SF Express, collided after an initial collision involving a goods train near Bahanaga Bazar railway station. At least 275 people were killed and more than 1,175 others were injured in the crash.
At about 19:00 IST (13:30 GMT) on 2 June 2023, two passenger trains, the 12841 Coromandel Express (between Shalimar and Chennai Central) and the 12864 Howrah–SMVT Bengaluru Superfast Express, collided on the Howrah–Chennai Main Line near Bahanaga Bazar in Balasore district in the eastern state of Odisha. A goods train was also involved in the crash.
The Shalimar–Chennai Coromandel Express had received signal indication to proceed along the mainline towards Chennai, but it was wrongly switched to a loop line where the goods train was waiting. The goods train was carrying iron ore, and did not derail or move. The Coromandel Express crashed into the goods train at a speed of 128 km/h (80 mph). The impact was powerful enough to send the engine of the passenger train over the goods train, and 22 carriages packed with passengers derailed. Three of the derailed coaches careened into parallel tracks and whiplashed the tail end of the Bengaluru–Howrah Express crossing the station at the same time.
Two unreserved coaches and the brake van of the Bengaluru–Howrah Express were derailed. The remainder of the train, which included the engine and 20 coaches, left with its passengers and continued to Balasore, where a further (damaged) coach was set out.[clarification needed] The remaining 19 coaches then continued their journey to the train’s final destination of Howrah. It was reported that the reserved compartments of Bengaluru–Howrah Express sustained no fatalities or injuries to passengers. Officials said that ascertaining the identification of passengers on the unreserved coaches will take time.
Footage from the accident site showed bodies lined up on tracks and the injured being shifted to hospitals while rescuers desperately looked through the overturned and jumbled metal train compartments, in the video published on June 4, 2023, by CBS Philadelphia, as “Over 300 killed in one of India’s deadliest train accidents“, below:
Rescuers found no more survivors in the overturned and mangled wreckage of two passenger trains that derailed in eastern India, killing more than 280 people and injuring hundreds in one of the country’s deadliest rail crashes in decades, officials said Saturday. Chaotic scenes erupted after the derailment on Friday night about 220 kilometers (137 miles) southwest of Kolkata, as rescuers climbed atop the wrecked trains to break open doors and windows using cutting torches. The death toll rose steadily throughout the night. Scores of bodies, covered by white sheets, lay on the ground near the tracks while locals and rescuers raced to free the hundreds of people trapped in the rail cars under the twisted metal and broken glass. Army soldiers and air force helicopters joined the effort, in the video published on Mune 3, 2023, by KTLA 5, as “Over 280 dead in India train crash, the nation’s worst rail disaster in decades“, below:
Odisha train accident: At least 280 people died and over 900 were injured in an accident on Friday, June 2, after a collision occurred between the Coromandel Express and the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express. The Coromandel Express operates between Bengal’s Shalimar station in West Bengal and Chennai. The collision took place near Bahanaga railway station, resulting in a significant number of casualties among the passengers. According to Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena, a goods train was also involved in the massive accident, in the video published on June 3, 2023, by India Today, as “Watch | Here’s How The Horror Unfolded That Led To India’s Worst Train Tragedy In Two Decades“, below:
Investigations have been launched to determine the cause of a deadly train crash involving three trains in India. At least 288 people were killed and more than 800 injured in Friday’s incident in Odisha state, involving two passenger trains and a goods train. Rescue efforts have concluded, with officials saying all trapped and injured passengers have been retrieved. It is still not clear what caused the multi-train collision in Balasore district, which has been described as India’s worst rail accident this century, in the video published on June 4, 2023, by BBC News, as “India train crash investigation begins – BBC News“, below:
At least 275 people were killed and more than 1,000 others injured in a train collision. Authorities now say a signal failure might have been the cause. CNN’s Ivan Watson reports, in the video published on June 5, 2023, by CNN, as “Officials identify cause of deadly train collision in India“, below:
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