🔴 Death toll in Odisha train accident rises to 288; PM Modi says those responsible won't be spared, railway minister orders high-level probe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited Balasore train accident site to take the stock of the situation.PM Modi reviewed relief works that are underway. He was briefed by Union railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other officials. He also interacted with local authorities, personnel from the disaster relief forces and railways officials. The toll in the disastrous railway accident in Odisha has risen to 261 and rescue operations at the site have been completed, a South Eastern Railway official said on Saturday. An enquiry into the accident will be held by the commissioner of railway safety (CRS), South Eastern circle, the official said. The train crash, one of the deadliest in the country, took place in Balasore district about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar around 7 pm on Friday, prompting the Railway Ministry to order a probe. Three trains - the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and a goods train were involved in the accident.
🔴 Death toll in Odisha train accident rises to 288; PM Modi says those responsible won't be spared, railway minister orders high-level probe

Over 200 people have died and around 900 were injured as Coromandel, Bengaluru-Howrah Express trains derailed and hit a goods train at Bahanaga station in Balasore district of Odisha. Many passengers were trapped in the overturned coaches of the superfast train. Quoting preliminary reports, a railway official said that the Coromandel train, involved in the accident, was moving on the mainline. Rescue operations are complete, now restoration happening. The railways has initiated a high-level probe into the train crash in Odisha to be headed by the commissioner of railway safety, South Eastern Circle. The commissioner of railway safety works under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and investigates all such accidents. Officials in Bhubaneswar said 200 ambulances, 50 buses and 45 mobile health units were working at the accident site, besides 1,200 personnel. The bodies were being taken to the hospitals in all kinds of vehicles, including tractors. 

Several people are injured as 12841 Coromandel Express from Shalimar to Chennai derailed at Bahanaga station in Balasore district of Odisha. Around 200 passengers are trapped in the overturned coaches of the superfast train. Quoting preliminary reports, a railway official said that the Coromandel train was moving on the mainline. After derailment it hit a goods train standing on the loop line. The Express train is believed to have hit Yashwantpur-Howrah Express from behind.

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“At around 7pm, 10-12 coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed near Baleswar and fell on the opposite track. After some time, another train from Yeswanthpur to Howrah dashed into those derailed coaches resulting in the derailment of its 3-4 coaches" - Railways Spokesperson Amitabh Sharma

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grief over the train accident in Odisha's Balasore district.

Several trains cancelled while some are diverted in the section affected by train derailment in Odisha's Balasore district.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik arrives at the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) control room to take stock of the relief operation in the aftermath of a train derailment in Balasore district.

Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw rushing to the accident site in Balasore, Odisha.

Additional rescue team of Odisha Fire and Emergency service comprising 26 members with advance rescue equipments of Odisha Fire and Disaster Response Academy Bhubaneswar moved to train accident site for rescue op.

Nearly 50 ambulances have reported but the injured appear far too many. Large no of buses being mobilised to shift injured to hospital: Odisha chief secretary

West Bengal is sending five rescue teams to the accident site, tweets CM Mamata Banerjee.

Tamil Nadu: Help desk set-up at Chennai railway station

Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announces ex-gratia compensation to the victims of the unfortunate train accident in Odisha: Rs 10 lakh in case of death, Rs 2 lakh towards grievous injuries, and Rs 50,000 for minor injuries.

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“There are some serious injuries. Teams of doctors from Bhadrak and Kharagpur have also reached" - Railway spokesperson Amitabh Sharma

Death toll rises to 238

As per the information received till now, there are 238 casualties. Around 650 injured passengers have been taken to the Hospitals of Gopalpur, Khantapara, Balasore, Bhadrak and Soro: South Eastern Railway

UNGA President condoles triple train crash in Odisha

UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi has expressed his deepest condolence to the families and the Government of India for the tragic train crash in Odisha in which at least 233 people were killed. On Friday, in one of the worst railway disasters in India, three trains collided one after another in a horrific sequence in Odisha's Balasore district, setting off a massive rescue and evacuation process. “I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of the train crash in Odisha, India. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and with the emergency services. Heartfelt condolences to the people and the Government of India,” Korosi, the President of the 77th session of the General Assembly tweeted.

Punjab CM Mann expresses grief over Odisha train accident

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a meeting to review the situation in relation to the rail accident: Govt of India Sources