3 Jun 2023

Odisha Train Tragedy: Survivors Share Their Experiences, 'People Were Shouting, Ran Out When Pantry Car Caught Fire,' Says One Of Passengers

Balasore (Odisha): Survivors of the Odisha triple train accident in Balasore, shared their harrowing experiences of the incident after reaching Howrah.

A passenger told that we were in S3 bogie and I was asleep when the accident happened. I woke up with a loud noise. I saw that the train had overturned. I was in upper berth, I sat there holding the fan. There was a stampede in the train. People were shouting for help.

He said the pantry car caught fire. When we ran to the other side, we saw that there were dead people lying there. Till then no outsider had come to help. People were helping each other after getting out of the train. 

The situation was such that the help of ladders was taken to take out the children and women trapped in the bogies . The local people were also seen working tirelessly till late night to get the people trapped in the train out. In the hospital too, many people stood by to help the injured.

Woman lost her son in mishap

A woman from Malda district lost her son died in the accident.

"My son died in the Balasore train accident yesterday. He was going to Chennai. He was 26 years old, and had two children," she said.

One of the survivors said that he had never seen such a horrific incident earlier. He said he was going to Chennai from Bihar adding he had not informed his family yet.

"I was going to Chennai from Bihar. I was in S3. The compartment was derailed after the collision. We were rescued and we have reached Howarah," he said.

Air Force deployed Mi-17 helicopters for evacuation

Meanwhile, the South Eastern Railway has cancelled 33 trains and diverted 36 trains to other routes.

The Indian Air Force deployed Mi-17 helicopters for the evacuation of deceased and injured. Army teams have been deployed to help in the evacuation and treatment of injured citizens.

Rescue operation completed, restoration work started

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said a detailed high-level inquiry will be conducted and the rail safety commissioner will also do an independent inquiry.

He said rescue operation has been completed and restoration work has started.

"We will thoroughly investigate this incident and will ensure such incidents don't happen in future," he said.

The minister said it was a big tragic accident and added that the Railways, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, and state government were involved in the rescue operation.

"Best possible healthcare facilities will be provided. Compensation was announced yesterday. A high-level committee has been formed to inquire about it," he said.

The Odisha government has also declared one-day mourning.

Injured passengers have been taken to the Hospitals of Gopalpur, Khantapara, Balasore, Bhadrak and Soro, it said.

Several NDRF teams, five ODRAF units and 24 Fire Services and Emergency Units are engaged in rescue operations.

Over 100 medical teams with paramedical staff along with medicines have been mobilized to the accident site for medical treatment, the statement said.

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