New Delhi: In one of the worst railway disasters in India, at least 261 people were killed and more than 900 injured when three trains collided one after another in a horrific sequence in Odisha’s Balasore district, setting off a massive rescue and evacuation process. The train crash happened near the Bahanaga Baazar station 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.
According to a railway official, several coaches of the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express derailed and fell on adjacent tracks while en route to Howrah. He mentioned, “These derailed coaches collided with the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, capsizing its coaches as well.” He further added that a goods train was also involved in the accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a meeting to review the situation in relation to the rail accident.
Rescue teams, along with local authorities and volunteers, immediately rushed to the spot to initiate the rescue operation.
Medical teams and ambulances were deployed to provide urgent medical assistance to the injured. The injured passengers were rushed to nearby hospitals, where medical staff worked tirelessly to save their lives.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau also took to his social media handle to express his condolences for the lives lost in the Balasore train accident.