Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 29:
At least two persons died and 27 others sustained injuries after a passenger train rammed into a stationary goods train near Odisha’s Cuttack railway station this evening.
According to reports, the Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak DMU train hit a stationary goods train near Kathajodi railway station this evening at around 6.30 pm resulting in derailment of two bogies.
While 27 passengers— including six women— have sustained injuries, two persons reportedly died in the incident. The critically injured passengers have been admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) for treatment.
“Of the injured, condition of three persons is said to be critical. We are equipped to deal with the mass casualty situation. We would do the investigations and treatment free of cost,” Bhubanananda Moharana, SCBMCH Emergency Officer said.
Following the incident, trains along the route were halted at various places. Puri-Durg Express, Chennai-Howrah Express, Puri-Talcher passenger, Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express trains have been diverted following the accident.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Governor SC Jamir expressed their concerns over the accident.
Meanwhile, accident relief and medical equipment vans along with ODRAF team have been rushed to the spot for rescue operations. As many as nine 108 ambulances have been pressed into service to ferry the injured passengers to the nearest hospital.
Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora, Sub Collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra and DRM (Khurda) Debraj Panda and Railway Chief Safety Officer (ECoR) have also rushed to the accident site.
“Several persons have been trapped in the train. We are trying to rescue them,” Sub Collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra said.
“We have rushed the relief and medical equipment vans to the accident site.Train service between Barang and Cuttack has been affected after which Puri-Durg Express train has been diverted from Naraj via Dhenkanal. Jyoti Ranjan Mishra, CPRO, ECoR said.
Helpline numbers are: 0674 2490670, 2301525, and 9437579238.