Bhubaneswar: The identity of several persons killed in the train accident in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh has been established.
A loco pilot, a gangman and a guard are among the dead persons. Below is the list of the names of the deceased, as per official sources.
Notably, four coaches of the Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train derailed on Sunday after it was rammed into by the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train near Kantakapalli junction in Kothavalasa ‘mandal’ (block).
According to railway officials, the accident occurred at about 7 p.m. between Alamanda and Kantakapalli in Vizianagaram-Kothavalasa Railway Section of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway Zone.
The accident occurred when the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train overshot the signal to hit Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train from rear while it was waiting for the signal.
Two derailed coaches fell on a goods train on an adjacent track. The affected coaches were badly mangled in the collision.
The injured were shifted to hospitals in Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam. Rescue operations were still on at the accident site. The death toll might further go up.
Overshooting of Signal by Visakhapatnam- Rayagada passenger train led to the collision. Human error is the likely reason for the accident, officials said.
(With agency inputs)