Odisha tragedy Highlights: Driver error ruled out; those behind 'criminal' act identified, says railways

Jun 05, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Odisha train accident highlights: The official toll in the devastating train accident has been pegged at 288 so far, with nearly 1,000 sustaining injuries.

Odisha train accident highlights: At least 288 people were killed and several hundreds injured after a three-train collision in Odisha's Balasore district, officials said Saturday. Horrific scenes at the crash site saw overturned bogies and smashed coaches with bloodstained debris. The incident involving the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and a goods train, is considered as one of the deadliest train tragedies in the country in over two decades.

Workers endeavour to restore the normal train services as they reinstall railway tracks in Odisha on Saturday. (PTI)
Workers endeavour to restore the normal train services as they reinstall railway tracks in Odisha on Saturday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

Read: Odisha train accident: Technical glitch or human error? What reports suggest

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the scene, talked to rescue workers and inspected the wreckage. He also met the survivors at hospitals. Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced has ordered a high-level probe into the derailment.


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  • Jun 05, 2023 12:56 AM IST

    Railway Minister Ashwani Vaishnav gets emotional while giving byte on restoring both the main rail line 

    Railway Minister Ashwani Vaishnav gets emotional while giving byte on restoring both the main rail line , says the responsibility is not over yet.

  • Jun 05, 2023 12:08 AM IST

    'No intention to hide deaths': Odisha government on manipulation of crash toll allegation

    Odisha Chief Secretary PK Jena on Sunday said his government has no intention to hide the deaths in the Balasore train crash and the entire rescue operation was being conducted in full public view, PTI reported.

    Reacting to allegations that the death toll figure was being manipulated, he said Odisha believes in transparency.

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:37 PM IST

    1st train movement on down line after 51 hours

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:35 PM IST

    No time for politics: Telangana BJP spox hits back at Oppostion over Odisha train accident

    Hitting out at the Opposition for demanding the resignation of Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in wake of the train accident in Odisha, Telangana BJP spokesperson NV Subhash on Saturday asked the Congress to stop politising the matter, ANI reported.

    Subhash said that it is not the time to play politics over such a tragic incident. Instead, all political parties should come forwards and extend their support in rescue and relief operations.

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:18 PM IST

    Ashwini Vaishnaw prays as train movement at Odisha crash site resumes| 10 points

    Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who has been camping at the accident site, tweeted in the evening to inform that the “Track linking of Up-line has been done at 16:45 hrs. Overhead electrification work started”. Read more

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:17 PM IST

    UP Congress workers offer condolences to victims of Odisha train accident

    Uttar Pradesh Congress office-bearers and workers on Sunday offered their prayers and condolences to the victims of the horrific train accident in Odisha, reports PTI.

    At least 275 people were killed and over 1,100 others were injured in the Friday accident involving two passenger trains and a stationary goods train.

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:01 PM IST

    Restoration of tracks expected in next few hours: Railways official

    “The downline track is ready, major damages were in the upline track. In next few hours, we are expecting to restore. All investigations will be done parallelly. The railway team is working continuously,” said Aditya Kumar Chaudhary, chief public relations officer of Southeastern Railway. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 09:30 PM IST

    Politicians must understand their responsibility: Union min Dharmendra Pradhan

    Railways minister has recommended a CBI probe into Balasore train accident. Politics shouldn't be done at the moment, politicians must understand their responsibility: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 08:59 PM IST

    Driver error ruled out, possible sabotage being probed; railways minister says people behind 'criminal' act identified

    The railways on Sunday virtually ruled out driver error and system malfunction, indicating a possible "signalling interference" and hinting at "sabotage" and tampering of the electronic interlocking system behind the triple train accident that claimed 275 lives in Odisha, reported PTI. 

    Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has sought a CBI enquiry into the accident. However, officials said the inquiry by the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) would continue.

  • Jun 04, 2023 08:20 PM IST

    ‘None of Tamil Nadu passengers lost their lives’: TN min Udhayanidhi Stalin

    We inspected the hospital where people are getting treatment after train accident. We got to know that no Tamilians were admitted at the hospital. None of the Tamil Nadu passengers lost their lives there as of now, all are safe: Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin was quoted as saying by ANI. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 08:18 PM IST

    Govt should find out what caused the accident and take appropriate action: Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin

    “28 out of 127 people who had booked to travel by train were Tamils. Out of which 21 were found to be fine. Rest are also fine confirmed by people who are with them. This accident should not have happened, the Union Government should find out what caused this damage and take appropriate action,” said Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 07:53 PM IST

    Even ticketless travellers to receive compensation, says railways

    The railways on Sunday said that even ticketless travellers on board the passenger trains involved in the Odisha accident will receive compensation. This is in line with a Supreme Court order, officials said. Read full story here

  • Jun 04, 2023 07:35 PM IST

    Watch: Drone visuals from restoration work at accident site


  • Jun 04, 2023 06:44 PM IST

    Railway board recommends CBI probe into accident, says Ashwini Vaishnaw

    Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday said the railway board has recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI into the horrific three-train collision in Odisha's Balasore district on Friday night in which more than 270 people died. Read more

  • Jun 04, 2023 06:21 PM IST

    UN chief António Guterres condoles loss of life in Odisha train accident

    UN chief António Guterres deeply saddened by the loss of life and injury in a train accident in Odisha: UN Spokesperson

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:56 PM IST

    Two railway lines at accident site expected to be operational by 8pm today  

    Railway track trial underway at the site of Balasore train accident as restoration work is underway, reported ANI. As per Railway Board, at least two railway lines are expected to be operational by 8pm today.

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:53 PM IST

    ‘Could have said a lot as …’: Mamata Banerjee questions absence of anti-collision system

    “Yesterday both Railway Minister and Dharmendra Pradhan were standing with me but I didn't say anything, I could have said a lot because I myself have been Railway Minister... Why Coromandel Express and Bengaluru-Howrah Express didn't have Anti Collision Device? Railways have been left only to be sold,” said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:45 PM IST

    ‘Adani Group will…’: ‘Distressed’ Gautam Adani's big announcement after Odisha train accident

    Industrialist Gautam Adani on Sunday announced that the Adani Group will take the responsibility of school education of children who have lost their parents in the tragic Odisha train accident in which over 270 people have died. Read full story

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:43 PM IST

    Railways min says overhead electrification of track at accident site started 

    Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnav informed that overhead electrification of a track at accident site has started. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:33 PM IST

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announces 5 lakh compensation for deceased, 1 lakh to people with serious injuries 

    The state government will give 5 lakh to the families of the deceased, 1 lakh to the seriously injured, will provide them complete treatment and will also help them for 3 months. The state government will give 25,000 to those who have suffered minor injuries: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:29 PM IST

    PM Modi busy flagging off trains, not paying attention to railway safety: Congress chief Kharge attacks Centre

    Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge said PM Modi was busy flagging off trains while not paying attention to railway safety, reported news agency PTI. Kharge also called for fixing accountability of all posts from top to bottom to prevent such accidents. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:23 PM IST

    62 people from Bengal killed in accident, 206 being treated within the state: Mamata Banerjee 

    62 people from West Bengal died in this accident. 206 people are being treated in the state. 73 people from the state are admitted to various hospitals in Odisha. While 56 people from West Bengal have been discharged from the hospitals in Odisha. 182 people are yet to be identified: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:20 PM IST

    Had sent doctors, nurses to accident site; supporting Odisha govt: Mamata Banerjee

    “This is a very unfortunate incident. The day it happened, we sent 150 ambulances, 50 doctors, nurses, buses and disaster management teams to the accident site. We are fully supporting the Odisha government,” siad West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 05:03 PM IST

    Pope Francis condoles loss of life in Balasore accident


    "My prayer go to the many victims of the train accident that occurred two days ago (June 2) in India. I express my closeness to the injured and their families. May the Heavenly Father welcome the souls of the deceased into his kingdom," said Pope Francis, reported Reuters.

  • Jun 04, 2023 04:58 PM IST

    Union health min Mandaviya, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Dharmendra Pradhan visit hospital in Odisha's Cuttack

    Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya, union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan visit Srirama Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 04:48 PM IST

    Rescue operation is more or less complete: NDRF DG Atul Karwal

    DG NDRF Atul Karwal gave an update on the ongoing rescue operation at Balasore train accident site. “The rescue operation is more or less complete. A total of 9 teams comprising around 300 rescuers are at the location right now,” he said. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 04:44 PM IST

    All agencies met today to ensure proper treatment: Union health min Mandaviya

    Those injured in the Balasore train accident are receiving medical treatment in 5-6 hospitals in the state. All agencies incl the state govt, local administration met today to ensure proper treatment for the injured person, said Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Odisha's Cuttack, reported ANI. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 04:31 PM IST

    PIL filed in Supreme Court seeking panel to probe Odisha train mishap: Report

    A public interest litigation (PIL) was on Sunday filed before Supreme Court seeking direction to Centre for setting up an inquiry commission headed by retired apex court judge to probe cause of Odisha train accident which killed at least 290 passengers, PTI reported. Read full story here

  • Jun 04, 2023 04:02 PM IST

    UK Foreign Secretary expresses condolences

    British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the Odisha train tragedy which left over 280 people dead. “Tragic news of the train crash in India. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. My thoughts are with the survivors and emergency services,” he said.

  • Jun 04, 2023 03:38 PM IST

    Odisha battles morgue crunch 

    Odisha is facing a morgue crunch as a large number of unclaimed dead bodies from Balasore's triple train accident, have piled up at its mortuaries. Read more here

  • Jun 04, 2023 03:21 PM IST

    Bangladeshi diplomat visits Odisha hospitals to look for injured train passengers

    A senior Bangladeshi diplomat, Sheikh Marefat Ali Islam, on Sunday visited Soro Hospital in Odisha’s Balasore district to provide consular assistance to Bangladeshi passengers injured in the triple train crash.

  • Jun 04, 2023 03:17 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh CM announces ex-gratia of 10 Lakh to kin of deceased

    Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to pay ex-gratia of 10 lakhs each to the kin of the deceased, 5 lakhs each to those seriously injured and 1 lakh each to those who sustained minor injuries, in addition to the financial help extended by the Centre, reporting ANI citing CMO. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 03:00 PM IST

    Odisha police tweets against rumor-mongering

    The Odisha Police has warned that severe legal action will be taken against those who are trying to give a “communal colour” to the Balasore accident involving three trains on Friday evening that has claimed more than 270 lives so far. Urging people to desist from spreading “false and ill-motivated posts”, the police said an investigation by the GRP in Odisha into the cause and all other aspects of the accident was underway. Read full story here

  • Jun 04, 2023 02:39 PM IST

    Latest aerial visuals from Balasore

  • Jun 04, 2023 02:17 PM IST

    How Coromandel Express derailed, explains Railway Board

    The Railway Board on Sunday explained how the triple train collision at Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore took place. Click here to read the details 

  • Jun 04, 2023 01:50 PM IST

    PM Modi calls Odisha CM to review ground situation

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and took stock of the ground situation in Balasore where the tragic triple train accident took place on Friday evening.

  • Jun 04, 2023 01:23 PM IST

    793 out of 1,175 patients discharged

    Odisha Chief Secy Pradeep Jena on Sunday said that out of the total 1,175 injured passengers, 793 have been discharged after treatment. “The figure will be updated around 2pm,” he added.

  • Jun 04, 2023 01:01 PM IST

    Odisha CM announces free bus services to Kolkata

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced free bus services to Kolkata in the wake of the triple train tragedy in Balasore that claimed 288 lives."Keeping in view the greater benefit of the commuters CM Naveen Patnaik has announced free bus service to Kolkata from Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack from today," the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), Odisha said.

  • Jun 04, 2023 12:54 PM IST

    Down main line made restarted in Odisha

    After taking stock of the restoration situation, Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted, “Down main line made fit at 12:05 hrs today.”

  • Jun 04, 2023 12:29 PM IST

    Congress questions PM Modi over train accident

    The Congress on Sunday questioned PM Modi on the massive triple train clash in Odisha and said that PM Modi has a 'kavach' around him which shields him from all public scrutiny and television debate but that does not protect the people of the country. Read more here

  • Jun 04, 2023 12:08 PM IST

    PIL filed in SC seeking probe in Odisha train accident by expert panel 

    A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the Balasore train accident by an expert panel headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court. The PIL also seeks guidelines/directions for the implementation of the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) System called KAVACH Protection System in Indian Railways with immediate effect to ensure public safety.

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:56 AM IST

    Over 100 people in need of critical care: Health minister

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday visited Bhubaneshwar to take stock of medical assistance being provided to the injured victims. According to him, over 1000 people are injured and their treatment in underway.

    “Over 100 patients need critical care and for their treatment, expert doctors from Delhi AIIMS, Lady Hardinge Hospital and RML Hospital along with modern equipment and medicines have reached here. We had a detailed discussion and a working plan has also been prepared,” he said.


  • Jun 04, 2023 11:40 AM IST

    Rail minister, Dharmendra Pradhan reach Soro govt hospital to meet injured 

    Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan reach Soro Government Hospital in Odisha to meet the injured.

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:39 AM IST

    Restoration work underway at the accident site in Odisha's Balasore

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:27 AM IST

    Odisha govt to run special train from Bhadrak to Chennai today

    As the restoration work after the horrific thee-train accident in Odisha's Balasore is underway, the State government on Sunday said that a special train will run from Bhadrak to Chennai at 1:00 pm.

  • Jun 04, 2023 11:04 AM IST

    PM Modi dials Ashwini Vaishnaw to take stock of situation: Report

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw who is present at the site and took progress of the restoration work, reported ANI citing railway ministry sources. 

  • Jun 04, 2023 10:32 AM IST

    Singapore PM expresses condolences, writes to PM Modi

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong writes to PM Modi to express condolences on the Odisha train derailment.

  • Jun 04, 2023 10:15 AM IST

    Balasore hospitals crumble under a deluge of patients

    The first prone bodies began to arrive at the Balasore district hospital by 10pm on Friday. But within a few hours it became clear to health officials manning the gates of hospitals big and small. Read more here

  • Jun 04, 2023 09:45 AM IST

    Odisha CM announces ex-gratia of 5 lakh to kin of deceased, 1 lakh to injured

    Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced a compensation of 5 lakhs each for the next of kin of those people from the state who died in the accident, while 1 lakh each for those with serious injuries.


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