Odisha train tragedy: Railway Safety Commissioner Pathak visits accident site in Balasore

Bahanaga: A preliminary probe into the 3-train accident that took place on Friday evening near Bahanaga Bazaar railway station of Balasore district in Odisha is underway. Probe will take time and the reason behind the fatal mishap can be ascertained only after it is over, the Railway Safety Commissioner Shailesh Kumar Pathak said mediapersons following his visit to the accident site today.

“Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Eastern Circle has initiated a probe. He is doing his independent inquiry. Once the report is received, the findings will be intimated to you,” Pathak stated.

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It is premature to make a statement regarding any probable cause, the Safety Commissioner added.

Later, Pathak visited the railway station signal room and control room. He also discussed with the local stationmaster, including some officials who were present there.

Worth mentioning, the movement of trains has become normal at Bahanaga Bazaar railway station.

Railway line restoration work will be complete by Wednesday morning. Treatment of injured passengers is going on at AIIMS in Bhubaneswar, a hospital in Soro, SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack, and a government hospital in Bhadrak.

Efforts are on to contact the family of injured and deceased passengers with the help of State government, informed Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw earlier in the day at a presser held here in Rail Sadan.

Railway Safety Commissioner will submit his inquiry report soon and appropriate action will be taken based on the report against whoever is found guilty, the Railway Minister asserted.

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