Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday expressed anguish over the Odisha triple train accident that claimed the lives of 261 people.
The death toll in the Odisha train accident involving two express trains — Bengaluru-Howrah Express and Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express — and a goods train in Balasore has risen to 261, officials said.
“The heart-rending and horrific train accident at Balasore is really shocking and agonizing. The entire nation is grieving for those victims. The high-level probe may unearth the real cause of this fatal accident. I do deeply mourn for those hapless souls for their untimely deaths,” Rajan tweeted.
According to Railways, the three-way accident on Friday evening led to 261 deaths. The injured have been taken to the Hospitals of Gopalpur, Khantapara, Balasore, Bhadrak and Soro.
The scale of the accident was evident from the visuals of the accident site with some bogeys thrown wide off from the track, crushed or in mangled condition and belongings of passengers strewn around.
According to a preliminary report released on Saturday by the State Emergency Operation Centre of Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner in Bhubaneswar, the accident took place at around 7 am at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Odisha’s Balasore district.
Odisha has declared a day of mourning in the wake of the accident.
The South Eastern Railway has cancelled 33 trains and diverted 36 trains to other routes.
This report is filed by ANI news service.