Chelakkara: A family from Thrissur who were traveling in Coromandel Express involved in the triple train crash in Odisha on Friday evening recalls the horrors of the incident.
“We could feel the coaches swinging and swirling. Bags, mobile phones, and passengers on upper berths, everything and everyone started tumbling over each other, in the fatal collision,” said the frightened family members.
The family members felt really lucky to find themselves alive, amidst a pool of blood and mutilated bodies. They somehow gathered courage, moved out of the train, traveled for almost 7 hours in the dark, before they found some help.
K U George, his brother Joy, Joy’s wife Saritha and daughter Jenna were involved in the life and death situation.
The family was on their way back after attending the retirement function of Joy in Kolkata. Joy was a military man.
“I was on the upper berth at the time of the crash. I held on to the rods of the berth,” recalls George.
It is said that all the front coaches of the train except B-1, B-2, and B-3, were rattled in the crash. Locals had rushed to the spot offering whatever help they could.
The family recalls how locals of Balasore reached the accident spot, searching for survivors. They were received with cries of life and gory sights of mutilated bodies of people including women and children. People sustained injuries from the broken glasses and metal parts inside the train.
“The feeling was numb. We walked along with my brother’s colleagues for hours, away from the crash site. Those were probably the toughest hours of our life,” says George, who is yet to recover from the shock.
The family had reached on Saturday evening in a special train. They have headed towards home, trying to put behind them, the memories of the worst night in their lives.