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9 dead, over 32 injured as 2 passenger trains collide in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: At least 9 passengers died and 32 others were severely injured in a train derailment incident that took place near Kantakapalli junction of Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh.

The mishap happened when Rayagada passenger train went and hit a stationary passenger train that was waiting for signal on the track.

Due to the collision, four coaches of Rayagada passenger derailed leaving at least nine dead.

Teams of NDRF, medical and emergency, state rapid response have been immediately pressed into the service. Special rescue teams have been rushed to the spot from Vizag.

Vizianagaram district collector S Nagalakshmi said that injured passengers are being shifted to Vizianagaram and Vizag for treatment.

Sources told DH that the death toll may rise to 15.

Railway authorities are trying to establish the identity of the dead passengers.

Andhra PradeshChief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock over the train mishap. He instructed the officials to carry out relief operations.

On receiving information of the derailment heinstructed that Medical and Health, Revenue, Police and other department officials to coordinate and carry out relief operations immediately.He also asked them to report the developments from time to time.

(Published 29 October 2023, 15:15 IST)

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