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Passengers safe as 7 coaches of Bengaluru-bound train derail in Tamil Nadu

Seven coaches of a Bengaluru-bound train derailed near Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu after boulders fell on it but all the 2,000-odd passengers were safe

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Train Derailment | Tamil Nadu | Indian Railways

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru/Dharmapuri 

Rescue and relief works in progress after the nine coaches of Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed at Sahadai Buzurg  station in Hajipur
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Seven coaches of a Bengaluru-bound train derailed near Dharmapuri in on Friday after boulders fell on it but all the 2,000-odd passengers were safe and nobody was injured in the incident, the Southern Railway said here.

The Kannur-Bengaluru Express had left from the former, in Kerala, at 6.05 PM on Thursday.

"On date (Nov 12), at about 3:50 AM, due to sudden falling of boulders on the running train, coaches of Train No 07390 Kannur-Bengaluru Express derailed between Toppuru - Sivadi of (BengaluruSalem Section), Bengaluru Division," an official release here said.

"All 2,348 Passengers on board are safe. No casualty/injury reported," it added.

A team of officials including Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Bengaluru, Shyam Singh, along with a doctor, rushed to the spot immediately with Accident Relief Train (ART) and Medical Equipment Van.

The Chief Public Relations Officer of South Western Railway Aneesh Hegde, who had initially said five coaches have derailed, later clarified that there were seven coaches and not five.

He also said that a team led by DRM Salem has also proceeded to the spot along with ART from Erode.

The unaffected rear portion of six coaches, along with passengers, was cleared towards Toppuru and further to Salem. The restoration work is in progress. Boulders were being removed with earthmoving equipment, the official said.

"This will be halted at Toppuru. Fifteen buses are being arranged at Toppuru for the convenience of passengers. Five buses are being arranged at the spot of the accident," he said, adding, water and light refreshment have been arranged at spot.

The Railways has opened Help Desk at Hosur 04344-222603, Bengaluru 080-22156554 and Dharmapuri 04342-232111.

Senior officials are monitoring the situation closely, Hegde said.

Buses have been arranged for transporting passengers to Bengaluru, the officials said, adding tea and snacks were provided to them.

Following the derailment, Bengaluru-Ernakulam Superfast Express, Nagarkoil-Bengaluru Festival Special and Salem-Yesvantpur Express Special trains have been diverted.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, November 12 2021. 10:37 IST
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