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Passenger train derails in Odisha, 30 dead

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Balasore: A passenger train, Coromandel Express, going from Kolkata to Chennai derailed in Odisha's Balasore district on Friday evening. The accident took place after the train collided with a freight train near Bahanaga Station.

30 people have been reported dead so far. Rescue teams have reached the site. Many are injured and many are trapped inside. Some people have already been moved to hospitals. Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena said nearly 50 ambulances are at the site. FM Medical College at Balasore has received 47 injuries so far.

Eight bogies of 12841 UP Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express were found derailed and the incident took place around 7.20 pm. People are trapped under the coaches and locals are also assisting in the rescue efforts.

"We experienced a tremor-like feeling when our train hit the wrecked Coromandel Express. My coach has not suffered much damage. We are all sitting inside the train. I saw rescue operators helping the injured passengers of Coromandel Express," said a passenger who was on another train, Humsafar Express.

"I had given up all hopes. I thought we would die. I was among some passengers who managed to leave our coach through a broken window. We were taken to a dispensary for first aid. We are out of danger but I saw some of the injured people. One of them was complaining of pain in the chest," said one of the passengers on the derailed train to News 18 Bangla. He got out through a broken window.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said her government is providing assistance to the neighbouring state. "Shocked to know that the Shalimar- Coromandel express, carrying passengers from West Bengal, collided with a goods train near Balasore today evening and some of our outbound people have been seriously affected/ injured. We are coordinating with Odisha government and South Eastern Railways for our people's sake. Our emergency control room has been activated at once with numbers 033- 22143526/ 22535185. All out efforts for rescue, retrieval, aid and assistance initiated. We are sending a 5- 6 members team to the spot to cooperate with the Odisha government and railway authorities and to assist rescue operations. I am monitoring the situation continually personally with Chief Secretary and other senior officers."

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