Rail mishap: Survivor recalls chilling moments

A passenger, who was on board the Coromandel Express that was involved in a horrific accident in Odisha’s Balasore, relived chilling moments from the derailment on Friday. Speaking to ANI about the incident, the survivor said the passengers seated in the S5 coach of the Coromandel Express were not significantly impacted by the derailment. He also added that he was in a group of painters travelling from Kolkata and that they were en route to Chennai when several coaches of the express train jumped rails. “We were in the S5 bogie where the passengers mostly escaped with minor injuries. We are painters by profession and were on our way to Chennai,” the survivor said. Recalling the nerveless minutes leading up to the derailment of coaches, the survivor told ANI that the incident had occurred at 6.50 pm on Friday, shortly after when they heard a loud noise from the collision of the express passenger train with a goods carriage. He added that they had informed their families about the incident, assuring them of their safety. “We are heading home now and have informed our families that we are fine,” the survivor said