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Anthikad: Four Thrissur natives were injured in the horrific train crash in Odisha, involving the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train on Friday.
The injured have been identified as Raghu, Kiran, Vyshakh and Lijeesh, natives of Anthikad and Kandassankadavu in Thrissur.
As per reports, they have only sustained minor injuries on their hands and teeth. They met with an accident while returning from tile works at a temple construction site in Kolkata. With the help of family members near the accident spot, they were able to contact their local contractor. Four others, who had accompanied them, returned to Kerala a few days back.
Meanwhile, as per latest report, 233 people were killed in the triple train crash and about 900 injured. 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.
Several coaches of the 12864 Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, on the way to Howrah, derailed and fell on adjacent tracks, an official said.
"These derailed coaches collided with the 12841 Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and its coaches capsized too," he said.
A goods train was also involved in the accident as some of the coaches of the Coromandel Express, which was heading to Chennai, hit its wagons after getting derailed, he added.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik declared one-day state mourning on Saturday in view of the train accident. Expressing distress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of each deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
With PTI inputs