Two trains collided on the Howrah-Chennai line in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening, leaving more than 10 dead and many injured.
The DRM told The Hindu that the Palasa passenger was going on the middle line and is said to have slow down and in the meantime, the Rayagada passenger overshot the signal and hit the Palasa passenger from behind. Three coaches of the Palasa passenger and the locomotive and two coaches of the Rayagada passenger were badly damaged and capsized and thrown beside the track.
Relief and rescue operations are under way at the accident spot. Senior railway officials are trying to restore the track which is needed for the restoration of trains movement in important Chennai-Kolkata route. Movement of trains on the route has been halted since the accident.
The injured were shifted to hospitals in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan is expected to visit the site of the accident today.
(With inputs from agencies)
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