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Hirakhand Express accident: Survivors recount near-death experience

22 January, 2017 4:50 AM
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BHAWANIPATNA: A couple of Bhawanipatna had a narrow escape in one of the worst-hit S9 coach of the Hirakhand Express which derailed in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday night.

Hiring a jeep with seven other victims, some of them injured, they reached their home here on Sunday morning.

Sanjay Dutta (46) and his wife Jhili were going from Bhawanipatna to Bhubaneswar for attending a wedding at Choudwar.

"We had just switched off lights after dinner at Rayagada when there was loud sound. The coach was seemed to have been tossed in the air. Before I could understand what had happened, screams of people filled the air amid darkness," he recalls.

While Sanjay was sleeping at seat no 8 his wife Jhili was sleeping at seat no 5. "Luggage and fellow passengers fell on me. I used my mobile phone light to check my wife as the train light went off. The coach engulfed with dust," he said.

"Some of us who were almost unhurt tried to pull the children and women out. About 20-22 women and children were brought out. Two gates on one side of the train did not open because those were pressed in the earth," he said.

Sanjay said that the Rayagada district administration had sent many buses to the mishap spot. "We came by bus up to Rayagada and then hired a vehicle to Bhawanipatna with seven others," they said.


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