Ernakulam-Bengaluru express train derails: 9 passengers killed, 16 seriously injured

Nine passengers were killed and 16 seriously injured when nine bogies of the Ernakulam-bound Express train from Bengaluru jumped off the track near Anekal on Friday.

hidden February 13, 2015 18:19:02 IST
Ernakulam-Bengaluru express train derails: 9 passengers killed, 16 seriously injured

Anekal (Karna): Nine passengers were killed and 16 seriously injured when nine bogies of the Ernakulam-bound Express train from Bengaluru jumped off the track near Anekal on Friday.

The rescue operation had been completed with the death toll at 9, Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar Agarwal told reporters at the accident site, near the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, about 45 kms from Bengaluru.

ErnakulamBengaluru express train derails 9 passengers killed 16 seriously injured

The scene of the train accident. PTI

Five men, three women and a 9 year-old are among those killed in the mishap.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet soon after the accident that a boulder fell on the track and the train hit it.

Agarwal said the engine driver had told authorities that he heard a rumbling sound of a boulder but the officials did not find any.

Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Lalrokhuma Pachau said 16 passengers had been hospitalised, adding, "the rest of those with minor injuries were given first aid and they have left the place."

Railway police Additional Director General of Police RP Sharma said 25 passengers had received minor injuries.

The Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express train had left Bengaluru at 0615 hrs and derailed at 0735 hrs between Anekal Road and Hosur on Bangalore City-Salem Section.

Prabhu said an inquiry had been ordered to fix responsibility and for corrective action to prevent such
unfortunate accidents. He said he was monitoring "action" regularly.

Railway, police, Fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force teams are involved in the operations with medical teams from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu rushed to the spot.

Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, who was asked by Prabhu to rush to the accident site, said nine coaches had derailed. The injured had been taken to hospitals in Anekal and Bengaluru, he said.

Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader said here that medical teams were rushed from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

He said according to information available with state authorities, more than 50 people were injured.

PTI

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