3 days after Balasore accident, good train derails in Odisha’s Bargarh


Three days after the Balasore train accident which claimed 275 lives, a private goods train derailed in Odisha’s Bargarh. No casualties were reported. In a statement, the East Coast Railway said that the Railways has no role to play in the incident.” “This is completely a narrow gauge siding of a private cement company. All the infrastructure including rolling stock, like; engine, wagons, train track (narrow gauge) are being maintained by the company, only,” ECoR said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways has started running trains on the tracks which were affected by Friday’s train accident in Odisha’s Balasore, where two trains– Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express and Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express– derailed, which left 275 dead and over 1,000 people injured. According to news agency ANI, the Indian Railways has started running passenger trains on the affected tracks. Meanwhile, the first goods train to cross the section was seen off by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday night in the presence of scores of mediapersons and railway officials.

Vaishnaw on Sunday also said that the Railway Board has recommended that the Odisha train accident case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The announcement came hours after the minister told state-owned broadcaster Doordarshan in a morning interview that the “root cause” of the accident and the people responsible for it have been identified.