New Delhi: Seven coaches of Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Lokmanya Tilak Express got derailed as it hit a van carrying goods at around 7 AM on Thursday.
All injured are being taken to hospitals.
Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO) of East Coast Railway (ECoR), JP Mishra, has confirmed to local media that 20 passengers were injured of which five received major injuries. There was no report of any casualty in the mishap and all passengers are out of danger, he added.
The ECoR has issued helpline numbers 0674-1072 and 0671-1072 for information on the accident and injured passengers apart from rescue and relief operations.
Financial Year 2019 was the safest in the history of the Indian Railways. Only 59 accidents were reported making it the safest year in its 166-year-long history. According to Indian Railways’ data, the total numbers of consequential accidents – collisions, fire in trains, level crossing accidents and derailment — have decreased by nearly 95 per cent over the last 38 years. It saw zero passenger deaths during the current fiscal, marking a big achievement for it on the safety front.