Cuttack: At least 20 people were injured, five of them critically, as eight coaches of the Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) Express derailed near Neirgundi in Cuttack on Thursday due to poor visibility because fog dense fog.
Following the accident, three express trains – (12880) Bhubaneswar-LTT, (58132) PURI- Rourkela, (18426) Durg- Puri and (12831) Dhanbad-Bhubaneswar Rajyarani and (68413) Talcher -Puri MEMU were diverted via Naraj.
No casualty has been reported in the derailment, railway sources said.
The accident took place at around 7 am. The coaches derailed after hitting a guard van aof a goods train between Salagaon and Nergundi. While five coaches derailed, three other coaches partially displaced from the tracks.
Senior East Coast Railway (ECoR) officials, including Senior Divsional Commercial Manager, Khurda Road rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue work. The railways issued helpline numbers: 0671-1072 (Cuttack), 0674-1072 (Khurda Road), 18003457401/402 (Help Line No of Bhubaneswar/headquarters), 0674-1072 (Bhubaneswar Station) and 06752-1072 (Puri station) for information on the accident and injured passengers.
Around 400 to 450 passengers travelling in the train are being transferred to Cuttack and Bhubaneswar in buses.