Three killed, dozens injured as train derailed in Orissa (Third Lead)February 14th, 2009 - 12:11 am ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Feb 13 (IANS) At least three passengers were killed and dozens injured when the Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express was derailed Friday evening near the Jajpur-Keonjhar Road railway station in Orissa, officials said.
Confirming the casualty figures, East Coast Railway chief public relations officer J.P. Mishra said 14 coaches of the Coromandel Express coming from Howrah were derailed at Jajpur.
“Initially we have received the report that three passengers were killed. The number of injured could be many more,” Mishra told IANS.
The cause of the tragedy was yet to be ascertained, the official said.
Jajpur is some 110 km from the state capital.
A local resident recounted the accident was “horrible and serious”. “I don’t know how many people have died but the number of the injured is definitely more than 50,” Kishore Jena, a resident of the Jajpur Road, told IANS over telephone.
“The accident took place at about 7.45 p.m. but the (district) collector reached the spot around 9 p.m. The area was completely dark and local people were rescuing victims by arranging diesel generators.
“I along with some other locals shifted nearly 40 passengers including a foreigner woman to nearby hospitals,” Jena said.