at least 207 killed and hundreds injured

Officials said rescuers were trying to free 200 people out of fear they were trapped in the derailed carriages and nearly 500 police and rescue workers responded to the crash.

At least 207 people have died after three trains were involved in a crash in eastern India, according to fire officials.

Hundreds more were injured when a passenger train derailed and collided with another passenger service which then crashed into a freight train in Odisha’s Balasore district.

The cause of Friday night’s crash is being investigated.

Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena said rescue efforts were going smoothly and nearly 500 police and rescue workers with 75 ambulances and buses responded to the crash.

Rescuers were trying to free 200 people who were afraid they were stuck in the derailed carriages, said DB Shinde, district administrator of Balasore in Odisha state.

The Coromandel Express, which connects Kolkata with Chennai, derailed after the collision and crashed onto the opposite lane.

Speaking from India, Sky reporter Neville Lazarus said the accident occurred at around 7.30pm local time and all hospitals in Balasore district were on high alert.

He said the train involved in the accident was using the main route which is “one of the main arteries” on the east side of the country’s network.


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