Four railway officials suspended for Odisha train accident

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday ordered a thorough probe into the accident.

Bhubaneswar: Four railway workers were suspended for their gross negligence which led to the train accident in Odisha, an official of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) said on Friday.

The accident at Kathajodi passenger halt in Cuttack claimed two lives and injured around 25 passengers on Thursday.

ECoR said in a statement it had suspended a guard, driver, assistant driver and loco-inspector for negligence.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday ordered a thorough probe into the accident.

"Ordered immediate probe into the accident of Bhubaneshwar-Badrak train, negligence will be punished severely," the minister tweeted.

According to officials, Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak DMU train collided with a stationary freight train from the rear around 6.30 pm.

The injured persons were admitted to Shrirama Chandra Bhanj medical college and hospital in Cuttack.