Death toll from India's passenger train collision rises to 288

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-06-03 22:50
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People gather at the accident site of the train collision in Balasore district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on June 2, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]

According to officials, the Coromandel Express, which runs from Kolkata to Chennai, hit the derailed bogies of a few coaches of Yashwantpur-Howrah Express which crashed and fell on the opposite track. A freight train was also said to be involved in the accident.

The collision has disrupted train movements on the affected routes. Media reports said 48 trains have been so far cancelled, 39 diverted and 10 short-terminated due to the accident.

Officials said the impact of the collision was so severe that compartments of the two passenger trains climbed atop each other causing deaths and injuries. A large number of passengers were also trapped inside the mangled coaches.

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