Bhubaneshwar: Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak DMU rammed into a stationery goods train at Kathajodi station leaving 24 injured including three women and at least two dead on Thursday evening. An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said that the incident occurred at around 6.30 pm.
The Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak DEMU passenger train (number 78408) hit a stationary freight train (BCN-DANKUNI) from behind. A coach which was located just behind the engine of the passenger train jumped on top of the locomotive head. Under its impact, the bogey was damaged and passengers got trapped. Just ahead of the Kathjodi river bridge, the goods train was stationed at the passenger halt when the collision took place. Both the trains were on the same track. Preliminary reports have indicated a wrong signal on the track for the cause of the accident.
The injured were rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. Relief trains were also rushed to the spot while train traffic was affected before routes of long-distance trains were changed.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the authorities to expedite the rescue and relief work. The State Government will bear the treatment cost of the injured, he said.
The Cuttack district administration, fire services wing of State Police and ambulances were pressed into the rescue work.
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) attributed the accident to 'signal error'. "A high-level inquiry has been ordered to find out the exact cause of the accident," said a senior ECoR functionary. "The identity of the dead and injured are being ascertained. Many of the injured passengers are believed to be government employees who commute daily in the DMU," police said.