MNA International Desk: At least 32 people were killed and 50 others were injured as seven coaches of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derail near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh late Saturday night, officials said.
The derail took place around 11:30 pm when the train was going from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, reported news agency.
“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 Cost Railway JP Mishra said.
“Four accident relief vans have been sent to the accident site. The reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained,” the official said. Army has also been deployed to carry out rescue operations.
“All rescue and relief apparatus mobilised immediately,” Ministry of railways tweeted.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu was personally monitoring the situation. He directed senior officials to reach to the site immediately, ensure prompt rescue and relief operations.
The train had departed from Jagdalpur at 3 p.m. on Saturday and was scheduled to reach Bhubaneswar at 8.25 a.m. on Sunday.
The train ran off the track minutes after it entered Andhra Pradesh from Odisha. The train passes through part of north coastal Andhra before re-entering Odisha.