Eight coaches of Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Lokmanya Tilak Express derailed near Cuttack in Odisha today morning. Twenty people are injured – six of them grievously – in the accident, according to the railways ministry.
The accident took place between Salagaon and Nergundi when the Lokmanya Tilak Express hit the guard van of a goods train. There is heavy fog in the region. While five coaches are completely off the track, three others have not been fully displaced, the ministry said.
All the injured have been shifted to hospital and rescue operation launched. Five trains have been diverted due to the accident, Chief Public Relations Officer, East Coast Railway said.
In the wake of derailment of the Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) Express, the Central Railway has set up helplines at five stations to provide updates about the accident to relatives of the train passengers.
The helpline numbers are CSMT- 55993 (railway number) and 022-22624040, Dadar- 57390and 022-24114836, LTT- 62606 and 022-25280005,Thane- 61290 and 022-25334840, andKalyan- 63360 and 0251-2311499.
“Since the train started from Mumbai, we have set up additional helplines so that relatives of the passengers travelling by the train can get updates,” Central Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Shivaji Sutar said.
There was heavy fog at the site, but the exact cause of the accident would be ascertained after a thorough inquiry, he said.