On 2 June 2023, three trains collided near the city of Balasore, in the state of Odisha in eastern India. Two passenger trains, the 12841 Coromandel Express and the 12864 SMVT Bengaluru–Howrah SF Express, collided after an initial accident involving a freight train near the Bahanaga Bazar railway station. Minutes later, a freight train was also involved in the crash. At least 280 people are dead and as many as 1,200 are injured following a three-way train crash.
Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki offered his sincere condolences to India after the train disaster. “Hundreds of people have died in a train accident in India. I extend my condolences to the bereaved families and the entire Indian nation.” – read his post on twitter.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, India’s railways minister said the three-way crash involving two passenger trains and a freight train in eastern Odisha state on Friday had happened due to a change in electronic interlocking, a reference to the signaling system used by railways and that an investigation would show who was responsible for that mistake.