Sunday, 22 January 2017

Hirakhand Train Accident: 36 Killed, Over 50 Injured After Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express Derails In Andhra Pradesh

At least 36 people were killed and 54 injured after Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram district, officials said today.

 The incident took place around 11.30 pm when the train was going from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar. 

Rescuers battled to pull survivors from the wreckage of the train crash, an official said. The government officials as well as emergency workers worked through the night in a bid to locate survivors, a senior railway official said.

 Thirteen of the train's 22 coaches were unaffected in the incident. Rail traffic on the coast line has been suspended.

The train was travelling from Jagdalpur city to Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, when it came off the track nearly 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Visakhapatnam, the nearest city to the accident site.

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