Nine coaches and the engine of Jagdalpur Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday night.
“#WATCH Visuals from the Hirakhand express derailment site in Kuneru (Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh), 23 dead and 36 people injured,” tweeted ANI news agency.
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 22, 2017
District administration conducted the rescue operations after they came to know about the derailment of the train. At least 39 people were killed and several others injured in the accident which took place at around 11 pm on Saturday.
BK Tiwari, who is the Deputy commandant of NDRF, said so far his team have succeeded in getting out 39 bodies from the mutilated bogies.
N Chandrababu Naidu, who is the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, offered condolences to the families of bereaved in the accident and also said that the probe to find out the reason behind the accident was begun.
The Railways on Sunday also suspected a sabotage which led to the accident. The investigation will look into possibility of tampering of track, reported news agency PTI.
Congress vice president and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to the families of those killed in the tragic accident. Rahuk Gandhi tweeted, “Pained by the tragic loss of young lives in the road accident in Etah,UP. My prayers are with the bereaved families.”
Pained by the tragic loss of young lives in the road accident in Etah,UP. My prayers are with the bereaved families
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 19, 2017
“My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones due to the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express. The tragedy is saddening: PM,” PM Modi tweeted on his twitter page titles PMO India.
My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones due to the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express. The tragedy is saddening: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 22, 2017