A relief train carrying 55 injured passengers of the Tata-Bilaspur train that derailed due to a blast triggered by Maoists in Jharkhand’s West Singbhum arrived in this steel town of Orissa in the wee hours on Friday.
Two passengers were killed in the mishap.
Area manager, Bondamunda Railway Yard, HK Padhee, who escorted the injured passengers, said that of the 55 injured, 32 were discharged after first aid, while the rest were admitted to the Ispat General Hospital and Government Hospital in Rourkela.
He said two engines of the train had derailed, two bogies completely toppled over, while three had tilted.
The blast was so powerful that it ripped up the tracks on the up line, while the electrical circuit in the down line was damaged. “The down line was being restored, but it would take some time to restore the up track,” Padhee said.
The injured passengers said they heard a very loud explosion.
Bholanath Sagar of Birmaharajpur in Orissa’s Sonepur district said he heard a loud bang and saw two bogies being hurled off the track.
Local people came quickly to the rescue while the railway and administration took two hours to reach the spot, he said.