Himansu Shekhar Rout

After the restoration of the rail tracks, train movement resumed on the up-line and the down-line on the spot of derailment in Vizianagaram of Andhra Pradesh. After a trial run on the restored track, Prasanti Express was allowed to move on the up-line at 2.36 pm and a goods train on the down-line later on Monday, according to sources of the East Coast Railway.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Rail Safety has started an investigation into the causes of the accident. Earlier in the day, the CPRO of the East Coast Railway, Biswajit Sahu stated that the rescue operation had been completed and the passengers stuck in the bogies had been rescued.  

The CPRO also said, “As per information, the Up-line and the down-line tracks have been made fit in terms of engineering (track) and OHE (electrical charge). A goods train was allowed to run on the down line while Prasanti Express ran on the upline. We hope train services will be normalized gradually.”

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The Commissioner of Rail Safety along with a team of officials visited the site and started an investigation into the causes of the mishap after damaged coaches were removed from the tracks. The Commissioner will submit a report to the Railways Ministry.

On the other hand, the health condition of 10 out of 29 injured passengers is stated to be critical while 11 out of 13 deceased have been identified, he added.

DRM Saurabh Prasad also visited the mishap site and informed about the restoration works of the tracks. he said that the up-line has been made fit for traffic.

On Sunday evening, the Visakhapatnam-Palasa Passenger train (08532) and Visakhapatnam-Rayagada Passenger Special train (08504) were involved in the accident which occurred on Sunday evening between Alamanda and Kantakapalle in Vizianagaram-Kottavalasa Railway Section of Waltair Division of the East Coast Railway Zone.

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