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“My mother was missing, then they gave me a photo of her body”: tragic train accident leaves nearly 300 dead in India

Mourning, pain and despair. It is what is lived in the state of Odisha, in the east of Indiasince Friday night in the wake of a three-train collision that killed at least 288 people and injured more than 1,000.

It is the country’s worst rail tragedy so far this century, when two passenger trains and one freight train collided and derailed.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shocked by the tragic accident and expressed his condolences to the families affected.

“Rescue work is underway at the crash site and all possible help is being given to those affected,” Modi tweeted.

BBC India managed to speak with relatives of victims who died in the accident, an injured passenger and residents of the area.

Sujit Behra


My mother and my grandmother were on the train. They went to the city to buy medicines.

I found my grandmother a few hours after the accident. she was alive. But my mother had disappeared. We looked for it everywhere, but we couldn’t find it.

I didn’t know what to do, so I sent a photo of my mother to all my friends and acquaintances. I also shared her number and described the color of the dress she was wearing the last time I saw her.

This morning I heard from one of my friends. They sent me a photo of a corpse: it was my mother. She was wearing the same dress.

All I want now is to be able to take her body back home so we can put her to rest. But here there is a lot of chaos, there are no trains and the roads are clogged.

Girija Shankar Rath

It has been chaos. There was a loud noise and there was smoke everywhere.

People were running in all directions. I was near the tracks and decided to run to the place. We started extricating some of the trapped passengers. We managed to get some survivors and also some corpses.

There were so many wounded that we did not know how to get them out. It was a little easier when the rescue teams arrived. The work lasted almost all night. I’m still in a daze.

Tutu Biswas

Tutu Biswas

Tutu Biswas

We hear a loud noise. When we left the house, we saw that the accident had happened outside. I saw that the freight train had gotten on another train.

When I got to the place, I saw that there were many injured and many people had died. There was a little boy crying whose parents had probably died. That child also died after a while.

Many people asked for water. I gave them water as much as possible. People from our town came here and helped people as much as they could. It was horrible.

injured passenger

injured passenger

mukesh pandit

I was on the train when we felt a slight jolt and the train derailed.

A thunderous noise was heard and the train overturned. I got trapped and some people from the area rescued me after half an hour.

All our belongings were scattered. I can not find anything. I went out and sat on the ground. Four passengers traveling from my town have survived, but many are injured or missing.

Many people died in the carriage in which he was traveling. The seriously injured were taken to the hospital.

ritik kumar

ritik kumar

ritik kumar

My brother was sitting on his bunk and I was standing by the carriage door.

When the train overturned, I managed to escape. I thought my brother would have escaped too, but he didn’t. He got stuck under his seat.

I ran back to the wreckage of the train and pulled it out. I also took out a girl who was stuck with him.

I called the police and ambulance services, but they took half an hour to arrive.

Photos by Hemant Behara and additional information from the Reuters news agency.

The accident occurred between three trains, one of which was stopped.  (Reuters),

The accident occurred between three trains, one of which was stopped. (Reuters),

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