On Friday, a passenger train derailed and was struck by an incoming train on the adjacent track, also crashing into a stationary freight train.An immediate rescue operation has been launched with around 200 ambulances, and hundreds of doctors, nurses, and rescue officers are present at the scene. According to the BBC, the search for trapped and injured passengers has been completed, but the intensity and severity of the injuries are still unclear.
This might be one of the deadliest train crashes India has witnessed over the years. The previous one occurred in 1981 when an overcrowded train fell into a river during a cyclone in Bihar, killing around 800 people.
Prime Minister Modi will be visiting the site and the injured passengers today, while the railway minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw and other officials are currently present at the scene.
Distressed by the train accident in Odisha. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to Railway Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation. Rescue ops are underway at the site of the mishap and all…
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 2, 2023