9 killed, several injured after two trains collide in AP

NEW DELHI: At least nine people were killed and several others were injured on Sunday after a passenger train collided with another passenger train near Alamanda-Kankatapalli in Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh.
Four coaches derailed after the train that was travelling along with passengers from Vizianagaram to Raigad hit a passenger train travelling on the same route from Vishakapatnam to Palasa.The officials are carrying out rescue operation at the spot.
East Coast Railway (ECoR) said a human error, overshooting of the signal by Visakhapatnam- Rayagada passenger train could have resulted in the collision.
“There was a rear collision between the Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train and the Visakhapatnam-Ragada passenger train. 3 coaches were involved in the accident and 10 injured. Rescue operations are underway, Local administration and NDRF were informed for assistance and ambulances. Accident relief trains reached site,” divisional railway manager said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
“PM Narendra Modi spoke to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the unfortunate train derailment between Alamanda and Kantakapalle section. 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,” PMO said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock over train accident and ordered officials to provide assistance to those injured in the incident.
“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,” Andhra Pradesh CMO 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 added.
Hundreds of passengers are reportedly stuck at Visakhapatnam railway station as several trains have been delayed due to the accident.
The ministry of Railways has also issued helpline numbers:
Railway no 83003; 83004; 83005; 83006
BSNL Land line no: 08912746330; 08912744619
Airtel: 8106053051; 8106053052
BSNL: 8500041670; 8500041671
Bhubaneswar –
2301525, 2303069
Waltair – 0891- 2885914
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