Vikash Sharma

One year after the Bahanaga train tragedy in Balasore, memories of the catastrophe that claimed 196 lives and injured 1200 remain vivid among locals and survivors. As many as 196 passengers lost their lives after the Coromandel Express collided with a stationary iron ore-laden goods train at Bahanaga Bazar station on June 2, 2023.

The Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express then hit some of the derailed coaches.

Though one year has now passed since the tragic train tragedy, the memory is still fresh in the minds of the passengers who survived the incident. Similarly, those, who lost their loved ones, are yet to come to terms with life. The memories of the deadly train mishap are still fresh in the minds of the Bahanaga residents.

"I cannot forget the day in which the triple train crash occurred. Within moments, the lives of several families changed as a lot of them lost their loved ones. We have witnessed the cries and horrific scenes after the accident," said a local resident.

Deepak Ranjan, who played a crucial role in the rescue operation on the day of the incident, said that, "I was thinking about the train mishap yesterday. We had swung into action during the golden hour. I want to meet the survivors. 28 passengers whom I rescued are safe."

Ranjan said that they had forgotten to eat for four days and guarded the tracks till they were cordoned. We had extended help to the administration and the officials also allowed us to work in the crisis situation.

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