Bhubaneswar: Two goods trains collided in Orissa's Keonjhar district early on Wednesday killing one of the drivers while four others were trapped in the wreckage.
The mishap took place near Tangiripala station between Keonjhar and Banspani when an iron ore-laden train proceeding from the district rammed into an empty goods train approaching from opposite direction, railway officials said.
While the body of the driver of one of the trains was recovered, the fate of four others was still unknown as they were trapped in the wreckage and rescue operation was on in full swing, a senior East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said.
There were five persons including drivers and assistant drivers in both the trains, he said, adding engines of the trains were badly damaged and gas cutters and other equipment were being used to extricate those trapped.
Earlier, railway sources had said that one person was killed and four others were seriously injured in the mishap.
"Rescue and search operation is in progress and it is difficult to ascertain the fate of those trapped," ECoR sources said.
Senior railway officials including divisional railway manager (Khurda division), Sanjay Garg, have rushed to the spot to supervise rescue and service restoration work.
Following the mishap, Inter-City express trains between Puri and Banspani have been cancelled, the sources said, adding there was little impact on rail traffic as the route is mostly used for goods trains to carry minerals.
Efforts were on to ascertain the circumstances that led to the mishap, they said.