Twenty-five passengers were killed and over 35 injured when nine bogeys of Jagdalpur–Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed near Kuneru Railway Station in Komarada mandal of Vizianagaram district in India around 11.30 p.m. on Saturday.
The toll could go higher as many are believed to be trapped in S-8 and S-9 coaches, which were badly damaged in the accident.
NDRF, RPF and CRPF teams are carrying out the relief and rescue operations.
Railway officials from the East Coast Railway Headquarters in Bhubaneswar are monitoring the situation.
The Rayagada District Collector, CPRF Commandant are supervising the relief efforts.
Divisional Railway Manager of Waltair, Chandhralekha Mukherjee, and other officials have rushed to the accident spot and are coordinating the rescue efforts.
A relief train from Visakhapatnam has rushed to the spot.
The injured persons are being shifted to hospitals in Rayagada, Parvathipuram and Visakhapatnam. (Courtesy The Hindu)