2 passenger trains collide in India, death toll rises to 237

Orissa: The death toll in two passenger trains has risen to 237 in India.

According to details, the number of dead in the collision of passenger trains in the Indian state of Orissa has reached 237, more than 900 people have been injured in the accident.

The train accident, dubbed India’s deadliest in over a decade, took place near Behnaga railway station in Balasore district.

State Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena said on Twitter that the death toll in Friday’s accident is expected to rise, and that an emergency has been declared in hospitals across the district.

The collision took place on Friday around 7 pm local time, when the Howrah Superfast Express from Bangalore to Howrah, West Bengal collided with the Coromandel Express from Kolkata to Chennai.

Reuters There are conflicting reports about the accident, according to Railway Ministry spokesperson Amitabh Sharma, 10 to 12 coaches of a train derailed and debris fell on a nearby track. Another passenger train coming from the opposite direction collided with the debris, and three coaches of that train also derailed.

India Today reported that the death toll in the accident has reached 280, with authorities investigating the cause of the accident.

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