Twelve hours after eight train passengers, including one who succumbed to injuries in the district headquarters hospital, who were crushed by Rayagada-Vijayawada passenger train at Gotlam, 5km from here on Saturday evening, some curious visitors to the spot found pieces of human flesh on which crows were thriving on Sunday. The bloodstains, scattered human flesh, clothes, footwear, empty water bottles and a crushed jeans trouser separated from limbs present a gory sight of the incident. The bodies were shifted to Government Railway Hospital in Visakhapatnam and later to mortuary in KGH.
Minutes after the incident that spread like a wild fire, Collector Kantilal Dande, Superintendent of Police Tafseer Iqbal, Joint Collector P.A. Sobha, RDO Venkata Rao rushed to the spot with mobile medical teams and offered assistance. Some of the passengers who were witness to the incident informed them that unidentified passenger in Allepy-Bokaro Express Train pulled alarm chain after rumours about billowing smoke from S-1 and S-2 coaches of the express train. A number of passengers from the general compartment jumped out in a hurry on to the adjacent railway track. At the same moment, Rayagada-Vijayawada fast passenger train was hurtling on the same track leaving no scope for four men, three women and a child, to escape. The track from the nearby level crossing up to a little beyond signals post is sharply bent. No object, including the signal light on Rayagada-Vijayawada tack, is visible, even during daytime. A points’ man at Gotlam East Cabin confirmed invisibility of the signal post.
Karu Pasi (49), worker in an iron and steel factory in Coimbatore, who was being treated for fractured left leg at the district headquarters hospital, was on way to his native village Baranama in Nawada district of Bihar. He fell unconscious after he hit a stone and fractured his leg in the darkness. Rajesh Yadav, co-passenger, who hails from Bihar, came to his rescue and is attending on him at the hospital. Mr. Yadav said that he could not come out of the packed general compartment of the express train and it saved him. The orthopaedic doctor attending on him said that he would be shifted to K.G.H in Visakhapatnam after his family members arrived at the hospital because operation was to be done for correction of both the fractured bones. The railway officials cleared the track after 10 pm. TDP leaders P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, D. Jagadish, and others called on Mr. Karu Pasi at the hospital and enquired about the incident this morning.