Bhubaneshwar: In the aftermath of the tragic Odisha train accident that resulted in loss of 278 lives, over 1000 have been left injured. Divisional Railway Manager of the Eastern Central Railways Rinkesh Roy said that around 200 people are still being treated in various hospitals, 101 dead bodies are yet to be identified.
“About 1100 people were injured in the accident, out of which about 900 people were discharged after treatment. Around 200 people are being treated in various hospitals of the state. Out of 278 people who died in the accident, 101 bodies are yet to be identified”, said Rinkesh Roy.
Meanwhile CBI has started its probe into the cause of the accident as it reached the crash site for investigation. Railway officials have stressed that the crash took place due to deliberate interference with the electronic interlocking system.
In a heartwarming tale of unwavering hope, a father’s refusal to accept his son’s demise in Odisha train accident led to miraculous reunion. Helaram Malik, a shopkeeper from Howrah received distressing news about catastrophic collision, just hours after dropping his son at Shalimar station to board Coromandel Express. Helaram Malik contacted an ambulance driver and reached the accident site (270km) to rescue his son who attended his call.
Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express on its way to Chennai collided with the derailed coaches of Begaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and the its derailed coaches then hit the goods train. While many feared trapped, fifteen coaches of Coromandel Express came off the tracks, while two of the other train got derailed. The crash saw one train ram so hard into the other that carriages were lifted high into the air, twisting and then smashing off the tracks. Meanwhile, another carriage had been tossed entirely onto its roof crushing the passenger section.