Toll rises to 13 in Andhra train accident, around 50 injured

Bhubaneswar: The toll in the train accident in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday night rose to 13, said Vizianagaram Collector.

Around 50 persons have sustained injuries in the mishap, sources said. Rescue operations at the accident site are currently underway.

As per reports, at least two coaches of Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train derailed after it was rammed into by Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger near Kantakapalli junction in Kothavalasa mandal.

According to railway officials, the accident occurred at about 7 p.m. between Alamanda and Kantakapalli in Vizianagaram-Kottavalasa railway section of Waltair division of the East Coast railway zone.

Train number 08532 Visakhapatnam-Palasa Passenger and 08504 Visakhapatnam-Rayagada Passenger Special got involved in this incident.

Overshooting of signal by Visakhapatnam- Rayagada passenger train led to the collision. Human error is the likely reason for the accident, officials added.

Two coaches of Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train from the rear and the loco of Visakhapatnam-Rayagada Passenger got derailed.

(With agency inputs)

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