A goods train derailed on a privately-run rail line in Odisha's Bargarh district on Monday. This comes just three days after a massive rail tragedy killed 275 people in the Balasore district of the state. The East Coast Railway clarified that the train tracks were not under the Indian Railway system.
As per initial reports, five wagons of a goods train of a private company carrying limestone derailed near Mendhapali in Bargarh. The derailment occurred early on Monday morning on the private railway line connecting Dungri Limestone Mines and cement plant of ACC Bargarh. However, any casualty or injury has not been reported so far. Police have already reached the spot and begun a probe.
The East Coast Railway said, "This is completely a narrow gauge siding of a private cement company. All the infrastructure including rolling stock, engine, wagons, train tracks (narrow gauge) is being maintained by the company."
What was the Balasore train tragedy that shook the nation?
The three-train crash in Odisha's Balasore district is the worst rail accident in India in nearly three decades that left at least 275 people dead and over 1,100 injured.
The crash involved the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, which were carrying around 2,500 passengers, and a goods train and occured around 7 PM on Friday near the Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar.
Twenty-one coaches were derailed and severely damaged in the accident, trapping hundreds of passengers. Both passenger trains were at a high speed and it has been cited by experts as one of the main reasons for the high number of casualties.