Rayagada: Train services on the Koraput-Rayagada route, which were disrupted after the mishap of 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleshwari Express on Tuesday evening, resumed on Wednesday morning after the damaged rail tracks were repaired.
According to reports, Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express and Rayagada-Jagdalpur Express trains have left on time for their destinations this morning.
Post the mishap, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) had diverted the 18447 Bhubaneswar Jagdalpur Hirakhand Express and partially cancelled 18108 Jagadalpur-Rourkela Express, 58301/58302 Sambalpur-Koraput-Sambalpur Passenger and 18005/18006 Howrah-Jagadalpur-Howrah Samaleswari Express.
Noteworthy, at least three Railway employees were killed and four passengers hurt when the 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleshwari Express train caught fire and derailed after the train collided head-on with a track-maintenance train in Odisha’s Rayagada district on Tuesday.
The engine and at least two coaches of the express train derailed due to the collision. Engines of both the trains caught fire immediately, said witnesses.
The mishap occurred near the remote Gadabaguda village between Singapur and Keutaguda stations around 4:30 pm, a few minutes after the train left Rayagada station.