India train derailment: At least 26 killed as express comes off tracks

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The incident occurred on Saturday night at 11.30 p.m., near Kuneru station.

The train was going from Jagdalpur in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh to Odisha capital of Bhubaneswar.

Nine coaches - a luggage van, two general and four sleeper coaches, a second-cum-third AC coach, a third AC coach - and the engine derailed.

"Total 4 accident relief vans rushed from different places".

Mishra said the reason for the derailment would be investigated, not ruling out the possibility of foul play.

In a message he said that he is deeply grieved and shocked at the tragic loss of life and injuries to passengers resulting from the accident of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express. Mishra could give no immediate cause for the derailment. The AP State Road Transport Corporation arranged special buses to send the other passengers to their destinations.

Officials said 22 injured were shifted to Parvathipuram government hospital. "Instructed Collectors of Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts to coordinate all efforts, including medical treatment for injured passengers", Chandrababu tweeted.

A total of 32 injured were brought to Rayagada district hospital.

Rescuers yesterday battled to pull survivors from the wreckage of a train crash that killed at least 39 passengers in southern India, the latest in a series of disasters to hit the country's creaking rail network.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu was personally monitoring the situation. He met the anguished relatives of the deceased.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences on Twitter.

One passenger special train with 13 coaches carrying the stranded passengers of 18448 Jagdalpur-Jungarah Road-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express was run from Kuneru to Bhubaneswar via Rayagada-Titilagarh-Sambalpur-Angul. The commissioner of railway safety under the ministry of civil aviation will hold an inquiry into the incident in Rayagada and Vizag. However, the Odisha Police ruled out claim. The Railway Minister has already announced compensation of 2 lakh rupees each for the kin of those killed and 50,000 rupees for injured.

Besides, the PCC chief demanded for an increase in the ex-gratia amount announced by the Central government.

Photo taken on January 22, 2017 shows the site of a train derail accident in Vizianagaram district, southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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