In Rayagada (Odisha) around 50 people are injured, and 40 are killed, and some are in critical condition. This has happened when the Bhubaneswar-bound Jadgadalpur-Hirakhand Express accidently left the track on Saturday night around 11:15 pm in Andhra Pradesh at Koneru.
Total seven coaches went off the track- even the Engine, luggage van, two sleeper coach, confirmed AC three-tier coach and one AC two-tier coach, two general compartments, and the train roughly forced into the stationary goods train on the adjacent track.
There is no confirmed reason behind the accident yet. On Sunday, the officer of East Coast Railway chief public relation, J.P Mishra said, “There are indications of foul play as a goods train passed the same track just two hours before the accident. The inspection by the patrol team also found the track okay yesterday (Saturday),” Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said. “The driver applied emergency brakes after feeling a big jerk and heard a loud sound. The area is Naxal-prone and the incident happened just ahead of Republic Day”.
On Sunday the passengers who were in Hirakhand Express described their horrible experience how the nine bogies of train and the engine went off the track in Andhra Pradesh.
There are indications of foul play as a goods train passed the same track just two hours before the accident.
The college principal, Ranjan Mohanty, Barip-ada who was travelling in the train said,“It was horrific and frightening. I was among the lucky ones to have escaped narrowly after the mishap that struck late last night.”
Another passenger Mohanty he was coming back in Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express he went to attend a wedding of a relative. He said “was sleeping and woke up with a sudden jerk and deafening sound to find himself on the floor.”
When the train left the track atleast 40 lives are gone, Mohanty said, travelling in his coach escaped with minor injuries and fractures. But the adjacent S-9 coach was affected so badly. He further added, he was among the survivors who were sent by a special train to Bhubaneswar via Sambalpur from where he would proceed to Baripada.
The another passenger Prakash Sahu had the same experience, he failed to know what has happened, he woke up from his deep sleep when a loud bang noise came and he was hurt then fell from the seat. Then he said, him and some passengers somehow managed to move out of the coach. It was so difficult to move out of the train.