Vizianagaram: As many as 13 passengers died and 50 others were injured after two trains collided in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district on Sunday. The passenger train was going to Rayagada from Visakhapatnam
The derailment of passenger trains between Alamanda and Kantakapalle in the Vizianagaram-Kottavalasa Railway Section of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway Zone happened at about 7 pm in the evening
Collector S Nagalakshmi said, "Thirteen passengers have been killed in the gruesome accident that occurred at Kantakapalli railway station in Vizianagaram district. As of now, the rescue teams have noticed that eight passengers are died and 50 are injured. The injured are shifted to Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram district hospitals. Collector and SP M Deepika and Minister Botsa Satyanarayana and other officials reached the spot and are supervising the rescue operations."
Helpline numbers for Visakhapatnam Railway Station regarding train derailment between Alamanda and Kantakapalle are the following:
The 08504 Visakhapatnam-Rayagada Passenger train collided with the 08532 Visakhapatnam-Palasa Passenger train. According to railway officials, the collision led to the derailment of two coaches of the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada train from the rear and the loco of the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada Passenger.
The rescue operations are underway with DRM/Waltair and his team are on the spot. "Accident Relief Trains and other rescue equipments have been engaged and Helpline Numbers have been issued," it said.
"Bogies derailed after a train travelling along with passengers from Vizianagaram to Raigad hit a passenger train travelling on the same route Vishakapatnam to Palasa," East Central Railway CPRO said.
"Injuries reported but figures yet to be known. Two trains were involved in the accident. The rescue and restoration process is on," the railway official added.
As per the initial reports, the likely reason for the train collision is human error, specifically the overshooting of a signal by the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed deep shock over the Kantakapalli train accident incident in Vizianagaram district. He ordered the officials to take quick-relief measures and ensure that the injured get prompt medical services. The Chief Minister advised to send as many ambulances as possible from the nearby districts of Visakhapatnam and Anakapalli and make all kinds of arrangements to provide medical treatment in the nearby hospitals.
"The CM expressed deep shock over the Kantakapalli train accident incident in Vizianagaram district. He ordered the officials to take quick relief measures and ensure that the injured get prompt medical services," the CMO said in a post on X.
"The Chief Minister advised to send as many ambulances as possible from the nearby districts of Visakhapatnam and Anakapalli and make all kinds of arrangements to provide medical treatment in the nearby hospitals. The details regarding the incident should be reported to him from time to time," it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and took stock of the situation. "PM Modi spoke to Railway Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the unfortunate train derailment between Alamanda and Kantakapalle section," PMO said in a post on X.
"Authorities are providing all possible assistance to those affected. The Prime Minister extends condolences to the bereaved families and prays that the injured recover soon," the X post said.
President Droupadi Murmu said that she was anguished that the derailment of a passenger train in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh caused loss of lives. In a post on X, she said, "My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also spoke to the Andhra CM and said that the situation is currently under control. The Chief Minister informed the Railway Minister about the steps taken to help the train accident victims.
Andhra Pradesh CM Reddy said that an aid of Rs 10 lakh each will be given to the kin of those dead in the Vizianagaram train accident. The families of those who died and belonged to other states will be given Rs 2 lakh each. Passengers who are from other states will get Rs 2 lakh each and passengers with serious injuries belonging to other states will get Rs 50,000 each
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from the PMNRF for the next of kin of each deceased due to the train derailment between Alamanda and Kantakapalle section. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000.