In less than 72 hours of the Balasore train accident that claimed 275 lives in a triple train crash, another crash was reported in Odisha's Bargarh on Monday. According to Odisha TV news, five wagons of a goods train carrying limestone have been derailed in the incident. Reportedly, there were no casualties in the incident. Police have already reached the spot and begun a probe.
According to reports, the train was en route to Bargarh from Dunguri and the it got derailed near Sambardhara of Bargarh district. The train was operating on a private track maintained by ACC cement company, said local reports.
East Coast Railway issues statement immediately after the incident
Shortly after the incident took place, the East Coast Railways came forward with an official statement stating that the Railways has no involvement in the alleged incident of derailment. The statement also clarified that the said track is a narrow gauge siding of a private cement company and it is being maintained by the company itself.
"Some wagons of a goods train operated by a private cement factory derailed inside the factory premises near Mendhapali of Bargarh district in Odisha. There is no role of Railways in this matter," said East Coast Railway in a statement.
"This is completely a narrow gauge siding of a private cement company. All the infrastructure including rolling stock, engine, wagons, train tracks (narrow gauge) are being maintained by the company," the statement further added.
Balasore triple train crash
In another deadly train collision that took place in Balasore district of Odisha on Friday last week, Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train collided, claiming 275 lives and leaving over 1,100 injured.