Injured train passengers arrive in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Feb 15 (ANI): A special train carrying over 35 passengers of accident-hit Coromandel Express arrived at Howrah Station on the outskirts of Kolkata on Saturday.

The south Chennai-bound Coromandel Express from Howrah derailed off Jajpur Road railway station in Orissa as it was speeding along the tracks on the night of Friday.

Meanwhile, senior Railway officials have constituted an inquiry team and an emergency centre to provide immediate medical aid to the injured and are also informing anxious relations about the whereabouts of their near and dear ones.

"We have received information about 32 injured passengers. But out of them, ten got treatment here We have sent the other injured through ambulances and other conveniences.Some of them have gone on their own," said Debashish Chanda, an emergency officer.

A passenger who escaped without any serious injuries recalled his horrific experience.

"I was travelling in the B-2 compartment. Suddenly, we felt a violent jerk, and the train started crawling. All of us thought that the engine driver was applying emergency brakes. That time the train must have been travelling at the speed of around 80 kilometres per hour. The train stooped with a fierce jerk. When we came outside, we saw , several compartments of the train , derailed and the tracks were scattered in opposite directions," said Subhankar Roy, a passenger.

About 1,500 passengers were travelling to Chennai in the Coromandel Express train. (ANI)

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