Odisha train accident: Railway minister visits spot, says high-level probe ordered

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Ashwini Vaishnaw | Photo: ANI: https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1664827742410493952

Balasore (Odisha): Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Saturday morning arrived at the accident spot in Odisha's Balasore where three trains collided claiming the lives of 233 people and injuring around 900.

Speaking to ANI on the incident, Vaishnaw said the accident was unfortunate and the rescue operation began shortly after word of the incident reached his ministry.

Vaishnaw added that he had ordered a high-level probe into the derailment on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan also cut short his visit to Kolkata in West Bengal and left for Balasore.

The Odisha government has declared a day of mourning on Saturday after the train derailment.

The Konkan Railway officials informed that the Goa-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express's flagging-off ceremony has been cancelled due to the tragic accident in Odisha.

Several coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed near Bahanaga station in Odisha's Balasore after hitting a goods train.


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