On Sunday, at least seven people were killed and several others were injured when a passenger train collided with another passenger train near Alamanda-Kankatapalli in Andhra Pradesh‘s Vizianagaram district.
Three coaches derailed after a passenger train traveling from Vizianagaram to Raigad collided with another passenger train traveling on the same route from Vishakapatnam to Palasa.
#AndhraPradesh: One person was killed and several others injured on Sunday when a passenger train collided with another passenger train near Alamanda- Kankatapalli in #Vizianagaram district. pic.twitter.com/KG6Q2dnS1i— TOI Cities (@TOICitiesNews) October 29, 2023
According to railway sources, the cause of the accident appears to be a human error and overshooting of a signal by the Visakhapatnam- Rayagada passenger train.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and assessed the situation following the unfortunate train derailment between Alamanda and Kantakapalle.” Authorities are assisting those in need in any way they can. “The Prime Minister expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and hopes that the injured recover quickly,” the PMO said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock at the train accident in Vizianagaram and directed officials to assist those injured.
“CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy ordered to take immediate relief measures and to send as many ambulances as possible from Visakhapatnam and Anakapalli, the nearest districts of Vizianagaram, and to make all kinds of arrangements in nearby hospitals to provide good medical care,” the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh said in a statement.
“The chief minister has issued orders to coordinate other government departments including health, police, and revenue to take quick-relief measures and ensure that the injured receive prompt medical services,” it continued.
Many trains have been delayed as a result of the accident, apparently leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at the Visakhapatnam railway station.
The following helplines have been provided by the Ministry of Railways:
Railway no 83003; 83004; 83005; 83006
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