Even as rescue operations are under way at the site of the accident, 20 trains were also short-terminated in view of the incident.
Late on Friday evening, more than 200 people were killed and 900 others injured as Coromandel, Bengaluru-Howrah Express train derailed when it hit a goods train at Bahanaga station in Balasore district of Odisha.
Many passengers were trapped in the overturned coaches of the superfast train.
According to preliminary reports, a railway official said that the Coromandel train, involved in the accident, was moving on the mainline.
The train crash, the fourth deadliest in India according to available records, happened near the Bahanaga Baazar station in Balasore district, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar, around 7 pm on Friday.
Several coaches of the 12864 Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, on the way to Howrah, derailed and fell on adjacent tracks, an official said.
“These derailed coaches collided with the 12841 Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and its coaches capsized too,” he said.
A goods train was also involved in the accident as some of the coaches of the Coromandel Express, which was heading to Chennai, hit its wagons after getting derailed, he added.
Gas cutters were used to extricate the bodies from under the derailed coaches. Disaster management personnel and firemen were busy at work trying to extricate bodies as dawn broke on this tiny way station on the east coast railway line.
“Some of the scenes at the site were too gory to describe,” said a passenger.
Railway tracks were almost destroyed at the spot as mangled coaches lay strewn all over, with some having mounted on another, while a few coaches turned turtle due to the impact.
(With inputs from agencies)