From repair of railway tracks to recommendation of CBI inquiry… read the complete updates of the Odisha train accident so far -aabtak24


Coromandel Train Accident: Repair work continued on Sunday (June 4) after the gruesome train accident at Bahanga market in Balasore district in Odisha. Damaged train carriages have been removed from the main trunk line connecting eastern and southern India and two tracks have been repaired to restore train service. Along with this, a CBI inquiry into the accident has also been recommended. 

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said on Sunday (June 4), "After the information received so far from the Railway Board, a CBI inquiry has been recommended in this matter." He said,
"Both the up and down rail tracks have been repaired at the Balasore accident site. The up-line has been rectified and overhead electrification work has also started."

The death toll is 275

Railway officials said, "At least a part of the railway tracks is now ready for the operation of trains, but it will take more time to restore all the tracks including the loop line at the Balasore accident site." Meanwhile, the Odisha government on Sunday revised the death toll in the train accident from 288 to 275 and the number of injured to 1,175. State Chief Secretary PK Jena said that some bodies were counted twice. 

187 bodies yet to be identified

Chief Secretary said, "So far 88 bodies have been identified and 78 bodies have been handed over to their families, while 187 bodies are yet to be identified. Proper identification of dead bodies is the biggest challenge." They said, "DNA samples will be taken and photographs of the dead will be uploaded on the government website. Nine teams of NDRF, five units of ODRAF and 24 teams of fire department were engaged in the rescue operation, which is now complete." 

"rescue operation completed"

He said, "After detailed verification and Balasore District Magistrate’s report, the final death toll has been fixed at 275." Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnav and Dharmendra Pradhan, who are camping here, visited the accident site on Sunday. Dharmendra Pradhan said, "The rescue operation has been completed. We are working closely with the local administration to send the affected people to their homes. This work will probably be done by Tuesday." 

"Find out the root cause of the accident"

Wherein senior railway officials said, "Our team is working round the clock. The repair work of the tracks is going on. We are also working to repair overhead cables and poles that were uprooted." Officials said a thorough search of the derailed coaches is being conducted to ensure that no body is trapped in the steel parts of the damaged coaches. 

One of the worst train accidents

Railway officials said that all 21 coaches that were overturned due to the collision of trains have been removed from the operational service and now the spot is being cleaned. Since the accident, the movement of passengers and goods between important industrial centers has been disrupted. This accident is being described as one of the most gruesome rail accidents in India so far. Many patients initially admitted in Balasore and other local hospitals have been discharged or shifted to multi-specialty hospitals including Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. 

The accident happened on Friday evening

Administrative officials of the hospitals said that most of the bodies have also been sent to Bhubaneswar. The coaches derailed. Some coaches of the Coromandel Express overturned some coaches of the passing Bengaluru-Howrah Express at the same time. 

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