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18 hurt as trains collide, rail traffic hit

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Railway officials rush to the accident spot in a relief train and begin rescue operations

Arrangements of food and water made for stranded passengers

Accident has affected Titlagarh-Sambalpur section of Sambalpur Railway Division

VISAKHAPATNAM: Eighteen passengers were injured, two of them seriously, when a freight train carrying coal tilted on a passenger train due to derailment, resulting in disruption of traffic in Sambalpur railway division on Wednesday.

There were no casualties and the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment.

One AC coach and two general second class bogies out of 11 of the passenger train were damaged in the accident on the Titlagarh-Sambalpur single section of the division, according to an East Coast Railway spokesman.

The goods train was moving from Brajarajnagar to Simadri, passing through the Sikiri railway station, about 7 km. away from Titlagarh, when it got derailed just after midnight on Tuesday. As a result, the train tilted on to the adjacent track and collided side-on against train no. 18108 Koraput-Rourkela inter-city express.

Traffic on the section was paralysed and the railway officials, in a relief train, rushed to the accident spot and began rescue operations.

Owing to the accident, train no. 12872 Titlagarh-Howrah Ispat Express was cancelled while Bhubaneswar-Kurla Express was diverted via Sambalpur and Jhasuguda instead of Titlagarh, and Surat-Puri Express was being run via Titlagarh-Vizianagaram instead of Sambalpur.

Three trains were also short-terminated. The Raipur-Bilaspur passenger is being run up to Titlagarh and back with no services provided between Titlagarh and Bilaspur. Similarly, the Sambalpur-Rayagada-Sambalpur inter-city express would run between Sambalpur and Bolangir and is cancelled between Bolangir and Rayagada. Also, the Howrah-Koraput Samaleswari Express would be short-terminated at Sambalpur and would run as Koraput-Howrah Samaleswari Express from Sambalpur, he said, adding that the train was cancelled between Sambalpur and Koraput.

BHUBANESWAR: “Stranded passengers have been evacuated from accident site by a special train. Arrangements of food and water have been made for stranded passengers at the accident site and also at Bolangir railway station,” the East Coast Railway said. Ashok Kumar Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur, with his team of officers and relief train reached to the accident site and started the rescue operation.

The ECoR said helplines for the public enquiry at Sambalpur (0663-2521091, 2521191), Rourkela (0661-2510680), Jharsuguda (06645-271265), and Rajgangpur (06624-220299) were opened.

ECoR general manager along with all high-level officers from also rushed to the accident site immediately.

“The goods train could not stop at its designated place perhaps due to break-fail or for other technical snags. As a result it derailed leading to accident,” said Sibasish Meher, station master of the Sikiri railway station. The Koraput-Rourkela Express train had left Koraput at 5 pm on Tuesday and was on its scheduled time.

The accident has affected Titlagarh-Sambalpur single section of Sambalpur Railway Division, resulting in blocking of the section. Some trains have been cancelled, diverted and short terminated. The Titlagarh-Howrah Ispat Express was cancelled. Trains, which were diverted, were Bhbuaneswar-Kurla Express and Surat-Puri Express.

The DRM said an inquiry team had been constituted to look into reasons behind the dashing of the train.

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