At least 50 dead and more than 400 wounded after trains collide in India 


At least 50 dead and 400 injured in India train horror: Rescue workers scramble to free hundreds trapped in carriages after freight and passenger services collide and derail in Balasore

  • At least 132 people are feared dead with more feared trapped under rail cars 

At least 50 people are feared dead with 400 people injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in India, local media and officials have said tonight.

The collision resulted in up to 12 carriages from a passenger train being derailed derailed in Balasore, in the Eastern India state of Odisha, officials and reports said.

Dattatraya Bhausaheb Shinde, the top administrator in Balasore district, said at least 50 people were dead in the crash that happened 1,000 miles northwest of the capital New Deli.

Rescuers were attempting to free 200 people trapped under derailed train cars.  

The trains which crashed in Balasore is about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the state capital Bhubaneswar had been travelling in opposite directions.

One of the trains involved is reportedly the Coromandel Express which runs from Kolkata to Chennai, The Press Trust Agency of India said.

Dozens are feared dead and at least 132 people injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in East India

Dozens are feared dead and at least 132 people injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in East India

Local repots say the Coromandel Express, which runs from Kolkata to Chennai, collided with a freight train in Balasore, East India

Local repots say the Coromandel Express, which runs from Kolkata to Chennai, collided with a freight train in Balasore, East India

Rescuers are trying to help 200 people who are reportedly trapped under derailed train carriages. Pictured: People trying to escape from the toppled compartments

Rescuers are trying to help 200 people who are reportedly trapped under derailed train carriages. Pictured: People trying to escape from the toppled compartments

Nearly 500 police officers and rescue workers attended the accident with 75 ambulances and buses in tow, Pradeep Jena, the top bureaucrat of the Odisha state said.

Amitabh Sharma, a railroad ministry spokesperson, said that 10 to 12 coaches of one train had been derailed, while debris from some of the mangled coaches had fallen onto the nearby track.

Up to three coaches of the second train also derailed.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was ‘distressed’ by the incident.

Writing on Twitter he said: ‘Distressed by the train accident in Odisha. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families.

‘May the injured recover soon. Spoke to Railway Minister Ashwini Waishnaw and took stock of the situation.

‘Rescue operations are underway at the site of the mishap and all possible assistance is being given those affected.’ 

Rescuers at the site of a passenger at the site of the toppled train carriages

Rescuers at the site of a passenger at the site of the toppled train carriages 

People inspecting the site of the passenger train

People inspecting the site of the passenger train 

President Modi said he was 'distressed' by the train incident in Odisha

President Modi said he was ‘distressed’ by the train incident in Odisha 

The collision is a ‘grave accident’, H K Dwivedi, West Bengal’s chief secretary told reporters. 

South Eastern Railway officials, who did not want to be named, said they fear there will a large number of casualties.

Over the years, India’s government has made efforts to improve rail safety, but despite this several hundreds of accidents still continue to occur annually on what is one of the largest train networks in the world.

The worst train accident in India’s history happened in August 1995 in New Deli, where 358 people were killed. 

Most train accidents are blamed on human error or outdated signaling equipment.

More than 12 million people ride 14,000 trains across India every day, traveling on 64,000 kilometers (40,000 miles) of track.

This is a breaking news story – more follows. 



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