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Another Train Accident

Bhubaneswar: Just five days after the horrific train tragedy that stunned the entire world, another train accident happened in the State. This incident was reported near Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, in which six workers were killed and another three seriously injured.  

According to officials, reserve rakes of a goods train are stationed without engine near the station. The contractual labourers engaged by a contractor for railway work took shelter under the stabled rake (without engine) to get protection from the wind and rain of Norwester

The monsoon reserve rake without engine reserved at the sick line near Jajpur-Keonjhar Road rolled on due to heavy thunderstorms, said Biswajit Sahu, chief public relation officer (CPRO), East Coast Railway (ECoR).

“It is a very unfortunate incident. The workers engaged by the contractor to carry out railway works were taking shelter under the stationed wagons. When the wagons started moving due to heavy wind flow, the workers were trying to come out from the tracks. At that time this incident occurred,” Sahu said.

The railway officials present at the spot have taken them to hospital. So far, four of them have died while the critically injured workers rushed to the Jajpur hospital, he informed.

Divisional railway officials led by DRM Khurda Road rushed to the accident spot, he added.

Notably, at least 288 people died and over 1100 were left injured after Chennai-bound Coromandel Express, Howrah bound SMVP-Howrah Superfast Express and a good train were involved in a major accident near the Bahanaga Bazar railway station in Odisha’s Balasore district on June 2 evening.