Coromandel Express Collides with Goods Train in Balasore

Bhubaneswar: The Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express  collided with a goods train near the Bahanaga railway station in Odisha’s Balasore district on Friday evening.

As per a railway sources, about 12 to 15 coaches of Shalimar-Howrah Coromandel Express derailed at Bahanaga station at around 6.51 p.m. and some of the coaches jumped to another track and the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast (12864) train hit the coaches at the same spot at 6.55 p.m.

At least 50 people were killed and around 100 injured in the accident, sources said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep concern over disaster train accident and said that saving lives of injured passengers is now top priority of the Government.

The Chief Minister visited the SRC Office in the evening and took stock of the situation.

Speaking to media persons the CM said that our first priority is to take injured persons to hospitals and save their lives.

He will visit the accident site tomorrow morning and review the situation on spot.

Chief Secretary PK Jena informed the Chief Minister about the situation.

The CM had earlier deputed Revenue Minister and a team of top officers to the spot to monitor and expedite rescue operation.

Development Commissioner Anu Garg, Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian, Information & PR Secretary Sanjay Singh, Transport Secretary Usha Padhee were present.

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