Bhubaneswar: At least 24 people were killed and over 50 were believed to be injured after Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, officials said on Sunday.
The incident took place around 11 PM on Saturday when the train was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur.
“Seven coaches and the engine of the 18448 Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed near Kuneru station. Besides the engine, the luggage van, two general coaches, two sleeper coaches, one AC three tier coach and an AC two tier coach derailed,” Chief PRO of East Coast Railway J P Mishra said.
23 passengers were killed, said Mishra. Rayagada Sub-collector Muralidhar Swain said that the
number of injured could be around 100. The casualty figure may go up as many people are trapped, he added.
The injured have been shifted to 2 hospitals at Parbatipuram and Rayagada.
A team of doctors has reached the accident site. District administration of both Vijayanagaram and Rayagada are taking active part in rescue operations, said Mishra.