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Kuneru train derailment

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Kuneru train derailment
Scheduled train routeKuneru Station falls between RGDA VZM.
Scheduled train route
Kuneru Station falls between RGDA VZM.
Kuneru railway station is located in Andhra Pradesh Kuneru railway stationKuneru
railway station
Location within Andhra Pradesh
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Date
21 January 2017
Time
11:00 p.m. local time
(16:30 UTC, 21 January)
Location
Kuneru, Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates
1857'59?N 8326'25?E
Country India
Rail line
Part of Jharsuguda Vizianagaram line
Operator
East Coast Railway zone
Type of incident
Derailment
Cause Under investigation
Statistics
Trains 1
Passengers
~600
Deaths 41
Injuries
68
On 21 January 2017, the Hirakhand express 18448, a scheduled passenger train fro
m Jagdalpur to Bhubaneswar, derailed near the village of Kuneru in Vizianagaram,
Andhra Pradesh, India, killing 41 people and injuring 68 others. The train was
carrying 600 passengers.[1]
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Accident
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Aftermath
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Investigation
4
See also
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References
Accident[edit]
The diesel engine of the train and nine cars derailed at Saturday around 11 pm l
ocal time.[2] Three cars derailed with enough force to leave the roadbed entirel
y,[3] and some collided with a freight train on a parallel track.[4] According t
o a district fire department official, some of the casualties were a result of a
stampede within the train as passengers tried to flee after the crash.[5] Emerg
ency teams worked intensively to locate and rescue survivors from the crash, sai
d the National railway spokesman Anil Saxena[6].
Aftermath[edit]
The first rescue workers reached the location of the crash 40 minutes after the
train derailed.[5] Rescue and recovery work continued until the next day, while
repairs to the track were completed by the morning of 23 January.[3] Indian Rail
ways said that it would pay ?200,000 to the families of those killed in the cras
h and ?50,000 to injured passengers,[5] while the government of Odisha announced
that it planned to pay ?500,000 to families of the dead.[7]
Investigation[edit]
According to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, investigation o
f the accident, in conjunction with India's Railway Safety Commissioner, started
on 22 January.[2] Director General of Police K.B. Singh said that there was no
evidence of sabotage of the track involved, though unnamed railroad officials ha

d initially hypothesized such.[2]