At least six people were killed and over 20 others were injured in a collision of two trains in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh after which a passenger train which was going to Rayagada from Visakhapatnam derailed in Vizianagaram district on Sunday.
There was an overshoot of train 08532 Visakhapatnam-Palasa Passenger with 08504 Visakhapatnam-Rayagada Passenger, where 3 coaches were involved and about 10 persons were injured, a South Coast Railway zone official said.
Rescue operations began at the accident site and one train was dispatched from Vizag to move stranded passengers.
Expressing shock over the incident, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy ordered to take immediate relief measures and to send as many ambulances as possible from Visakhapatnam and Anakapalli, the nearest districts of Vizianagaram, and to make all kinds of arrangements in nearby hospitals to provide good medical care.
The Chief Minister also issued orders to coordinate other government departments including health, police and revenue to take quick-relief measures and ensure that the injured receive prompt medical services: Andhra Pradesh CMO.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw regarding the train collision incident in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram.
Meanwhile, a helpline number regarding the train accident has been released by the East Coast Railways. Here are the helpline numbers: Bhubaneswar – 0674-2301625, 2301525, 2303069 Waltair – 0891- 2885914.
Human Error Likely Reason Behind The Collision
The official statement by CPRO ECoR stated human errors likely to be a reason behind the collision which killed at least six people so far.
Rescue operations are underway with DRM/Waltair and his team on the spot. Accident Relief Trains and other rescue equipment have been engaged and helpline numbers have been issued.