22 January, Vijayanagaram
The death toll in the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar-Hirakhand Express has gone up to 39. The condition of seven injured persons is stated to be critical.
Railway officials have identified the bodies of at least 18 victims, including that of six women. More than 115 people were injured in the accident which occured near Kuneru station in Vijayanagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. The train was going to Bhubaneswar.
Nine of the 22 coaches of the train, travelling with more than 450 passengers, rolled off the track. Over 100 people feared trapped are being rescued from the bogies. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu rushed to the spot and also met the injured passengers and assured them of all help.
He said said the incident would be probed into to find out if there is any foul play involved in it.
The Minister said stringent action will be taken against those found responsible. The Railway Minister has already announced a compensation of two lakh rupees each for the kin of those killed and 50,000 rupees each for the injured.