Another train derails in Odisha, three days after a deadly triple-train crash: Here's what we know so far!

In a back-to-back shocker, the state of Odisha has on Monday- June 5 reported another train derailment, three days after a deadly triple-train mishap that killed over 270 people and became one of the horrific railways accidents in India. While the triple-train mishap still haunts Odisha, Monday's derailment has further deepened the concern among the people about the standards of safety across Odisha's railroads. 

The train derailment that occurred on Monday was reported from the Bargarh district of Odisha and what has become a big relief is that the train was a freight carrier and that there was no major casualties or injuries reported. The goods train was carrying limestones and though the cause for the derailment wasn't clear, the matter is being probed by the concerned authorities. 

According to reports, five coaches of the goods train were derailed. The Indian Railways quickly announced that it has no role in the matter as the goods train was operated by a private player. The East Coast Railway said that some wagons of a goods train operated by a private cement factory derailed inside the factory premises near Mendhapali of Bargarh district in Odisha. 

It further asserted that there is no role of Railways in this matter. The goods train was a private narrow gauge rail line between Dungri limestone mines and ACC's cement plant at Bargarh. The Railways further said that the lines, wagons, loco, maintenance, and driver operation are being managed privately and that it had no connection with the Indian Railways. 

The derailed goods train is owned by the cement company and the route is exclusively used to transport limestone to the cement plant. After learning about the derailment, the senior officials of the cement company and the police had rushed to the spot and launched a probe into the matter. 

On the other hand, the operations were resumed on Sunday in the site where three trains crashed last Friday near Bahanaga Bazar rail station in Balasore, Odisha. Among the three crashed trains, two were passenger trains - Coromandel Express that was en route to Chennai from Howrah and SMVT Express from Bengaluru to Howrah, while the another train was a freight carrier. 

The crash had occurred at around 7.30 pm on Friday and the collision was severe that the coaches of the trains scattered across the area. Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the site and took stock of the situation. Several rescue teams were deployed and it was officially announced that 275 people were killed in the crash. While it is expected that the CBI probe will be launched into the accident, the train services were resumed during the night hours of Sunday, about 51 hours after the deadly collision.