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WATCH: Relaxing passengers in one of the train coaches moments before Odisha railway crash

The video, lasting around half a minute, showed a sanitation worker cleaning the floor of the coach, with passengers relaxing in their berths. A sudden jerk is seen and the camera starts shaking as people scream.

Scene from inside one of the coaches of Coromandel Express, one of the three trains involved in a horrific railway crash in India’s Odisha, on June 2, 2023, moments before the accident. (Picture: Twitter screengrab/@poojasingggh)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Days after a horrendous triple train crash in Balasore in the eastern Indian state of Odisha killed more than 270 people and left over 1,000 injured, a video has surfaced on social media showing passengers inside an air-conditioned coach of the Coromandel Express, one of the trains involved in the accident, just before the disaster.

The video, lasting around half a minute, showed a sanitation worker cleaning the floor of the coach, with passengers relaxing in their berths. A sudden jerk is seen and the camera starts shaking as people scream. Everything goes dark before the video abruptly concludes.

Sources said the video was recorded by a passenger. India Weekly could not verify its authenticity.

The Coromandel Express, running between Shalimar in West Bengal to Chennai in Tamil Nadu, rammed into a stationary goods train and some of its derailed coaches hit the Bengaluru-Kolkata Superfast Express which was running on the adjacent track, leaving a horrific pile-up.

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation into the crash after sabotage was suspected.

Prime minister Narendra Modi, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and some other top leaders visited the site of the accident. Condolences also poured in from across the world.

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