5 injured as Durg-Puri Express derails

Bhubaneshwar: At least five passengers were injured when 10 bogies of an express train travelling from Durg in Chhattisgarh to Puri in state on Monday night derailed at Lakhna, 200km from here, railway officials said.

The derailment took place shortly after Durg-Puri intercity express left Lakhna station in Nuapara district at around 9pm. Ten bogies of the train jumped the tracks, injuring five passengers, East Coast Central Railway`s Chief Public Relations Officer R N Mahapatra said here.

A medical team from Raipur and two relief contingents from Sambalpur and Kantabanjhi were sent to the accident spot. Senior Railway officials from East Coast Railways headquarters in Bhubaneswar have rushed to the spot, while Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi and Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal are closley monitoring the situation from New Delhi, officals said.

They said the unaffected coaches have already left the spot with about 6,000 passengers. Accident relief trains from Raipur and Titlagarh have reached the accident site.