11 coaches of Bengaluru-bound train derail in TN, several injured
Vellore : A train moving at its full capacity of speed was derailed out of the tracks rendering several injuries and disrupting railway movement in the Tamil Nadu region of Southern India today. As many as eleven coaches of a Bengaluru-bound train got derailed today near Vellore, bringing rail commute to a standstill. Railway authorities have informed that the train plying between Kanyakumari and Bangalore got chugged out of tracks en route at Vellore tracks at Natrampalli today and forced a halt of journey for passengers boarded in the train. The impact of derailment was severe and it threw eleven bogies out of train track. This derail jerked passengers out of their berths and resulted in severe injuries to few of them. Many have suffered minor injuries. Although no casualities have been reported yet, nevertheless, the injured have been rushed to medical facilities as close as possible, as people have sustained injuries and need immediate medical vigil.
Railway spokesperson informed that eleven coaches of the Kanyakumari-Bangalore city express derailed between Somanayakanpatti and Patchur in Tamil Nadu. Senior Railway officials rushed to the spot immeduiately as soon as information reached to them. The site of derailment happens to be at Natrampalli, which is almost 140 kms away from Bangalore. Passengers who were boarded to reach Bengaluru have been provided arrangements by Railway services, so that they could be taken to Bengakluru via other modes of transport, as applicable and available in the time constrain. As rail services have got disrupted due to need for clearance of tracks, the other trains have got cancelled which were supposed to pass through the route. The stranded passengers are being transported via roadways to the city of Bengaluru.
Although no official statement has been given on the reasons of derailment, some authorities said that the derailment occurred due to suspected rail fracture, and this being just a preliminary observation, the actual cause behind the incident is yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, railways has announced complete or partial cancellation of about 15 services, including the Chennai-Bangalore double decker Express.