Odisha train crash, Shamsudeen (inset) | Photo: AFP, Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: “The sight we witnessed after coming out of the tilted coach was terrible. There were several mutilated dead bodies everywhere. The tracks were completely destroyed,” recollected V Shamsuddeen, a passenger in the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, which had met with a horrific accident on Friday.
Shamsuddeen, a teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Payyannur, boarded the train along with his wife TP Sameera, Payyannur municipal councillor, and son Muhammad Sadad, from Santragachi railway station near Kolkata. The family had arrived in Kolkata as part of their son’s job-related matters.
“We were inside the third AC coach B4 positioned towards the middle of the train. The train was moving very fast. Suddenly, we felt a big shake. Soon, the train derailed and tilted sideways,” said Shamsuddeen.
“We got out from the slanted coach and escaped without injuries. On seeing the sight outside, we tried to save those who were injured and trapped in the debris,” he added.
Most of the passengers inside the coach remained seated at the time of the accident. Hence, many of them did not suffer any major wounds. The situation would have been much worse if the accident had happened a little later while the passengers were asleep.
Meanwhile, as per the latest report, 238 people and about 900 injured were killed in the triple train crash in Odisha, involving the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and a goods train. The death toll is likely to go up further.
The train crash, one of the deadliest in India in recent times, happened near the Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore district, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar around 7 pm the other day.