Former India captain Virat Kohli and Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, among several other athletes, expressed their pain over the devastating train crash in Odisha’s Balasore district, which killed at least 238 people and injured more than 900. The Bengaluru-Howrah Bullet Express, Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and Freight Train is one of the deadliest accidents of its kind since independence.
Officials in Bhubaneswar said 200 ambulances, 50 buses and 45 mobile medical units, along with 1,200 personnel, were at the scene. The bodies were transported to hospitals by all means of transport, including tractors.
Kohli, who has been in England with Team India for the World Testing Championship final against Australia at the Oval since June 7, wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
Saddened by the news of the tragic train accident in Odisha. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost their loved ones, and I wish the victims a speedy recovery.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 3, 2023
India’s first individual Olympic champion, rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra was heartbroken by the news of the accident.
Heartbreaking news from Odisha about a devastating train disaster. My heart goes out to all those affected and their loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. Please let us all give them our support and prayers. May the wounded get well soon.
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLI (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 3, 2023
The train derailment, India’s fourth-highest death toll, reportedly occurred near Bahanaga-Baazar station in Balasore district, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar, around 7:00 pm on Friday, which prompted the Ministry of Railways to order an investigation.
Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer called Balasore’s visuals “shocking”.
Shocking visuals from Odisha. Prayer for victims of tragic train accident
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) June 3, 2023
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag offered his condolences to the bereaved families.
Extremely sad to hear of this tragic train accident involving the Coromandel Express in Odisha.
Condolences to all families who lost their loved ones and prayers for a speedy recovery of the victims. https://t.co/9foYqHybNa
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 3, 2023
Former Indian wagon Irfan Pathan called it “heartbreaking news”.
Heartbreaking news comes from Odisha. My thoughts and prayers are for the families that lost their lives in this horrific train accident. #OdishaTrainTragedy
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 3, 2023
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