ROURKELA: All passengers from Odisha travelling in Rourkela-Muri-Jammu-Tawi Express escaped unhurt after eight bogies derailed near Sirathu railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
South Eastern Railway (SER) authorities said two passengers from Allahabad had reportedly died, one passenger of Jharkhand suffered serious injuries while five others of Jharkhand escaped with minor injuries.
There was no report about injury or death of any passenger from Odisha, they added.
A passenger of A1 coach Rajnikanta Patnaik, who was travelling with his four relatives, confirmed to South Eastern Railway (SER) authorities that they were safe along with 11 other passengers of Rourkela travelling in the same coach. The AC coach did not suffer major damage.
SER sources at Rourkela railway station said the train started from here with 11 coaches including A1 and B1 AC coaches, six sleeper coaches from S1 to S6, two general coaches and one SLR coach. While there were 57 passengers from Rourkela in the AC coaches, 84 persons were travelling in the sleeper coaches. There was no record about passengers travelling in the general and SLR coaches.