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Several trains affected due to Hirakhand Express derailment

Raipur, Jan 22: Operations of few trains under the South East Central Railway zone were affected due to the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express between Rayagada and Vizianagaram section of Waltair division under East Cost Railway, an official said on Sunday.

“Korba-Visakhapatnam-Korba Link Express (18517/18) has been cancelled and five other trains have been diverted due to the derailment incident under the SECR zone,” a senior SECR official told PTI.

As per the information received, Puri-Ahmedabad (12843) express, Ahmedabad-Puri (12844), Visakhapatnam-Nizamuddin (12807) express, Nizamuddin- Visakhapatnam (12808) express, Visakhapatnam-Kurla express (22847) have been diverted.

These trains operate through Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, he said, adding train service hit by the derailment will be soon be resumed.

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At least 39 people were killed and 69 injured when engine and nine coaches of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express jumped the tracks in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district with the railways suspecting sabotage behind the derailment, the third in as many months.

PTI

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Several trains affected due to Hirakhand Express derailment