According to sources in the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given details of the accident by senior railway ministry officials this morning.
“Injured passengers have been taken to the Hospitals of Gopalpur, Khantapara, Balasore, Bhadrak and Soro. Hon’ble Minister for Railways has reached the spot and is overseeing the rescue operation and restoration work,” spokesperson of SER said.
According to the official railways version, Coromandel Express derailed at 6:54 pm near Bahanaga Bazaar station in the Balasore district, which caused 10-12 coaches of the passenger train to capsize on the adjacent track. Minutes later, the Howrah-M Visvesvaraya Superfast express, which was arriving on this adjacent track, crashed into the derailed coaches leading to its own derailment of 3-4 coaches.
“Ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this unfortunate train accident in Odisha; Rs 10 lakh in case of death, Rs 2 lakh towards grievous and Rs 50,000 for minor injuries,” Vaishnaw had tweeted on Friday night.
The spokesperson of Indian Railways, Amitabh Sharma, confirmed that the route was not covered by railways’ anti-collision technology – Kavach. Several experts have claimed that the automatic alert and braking system of the technology would have been able to prevent the deadly accident.
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