September 14th, 2011
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9 killed in vellore train accident

vellore train accidentVellore: Nine persons were killed and 100 others injured when the Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) train crashed into the stationary Arakonam-Katpadi passenger from behind while it was waiting at the signal at the Chitheri railway station near Arakkonam in Vellore district. According to police sources, the Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) hit the rear of the Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger that was waiting for signal at the Chitheri station.

Eight coaches derailed and three coaches were completely damaged. Five bogies of the stationary train and three bogies of the moving train derailed. About 70 injured passengers were shifted to the Naval and Government Hospital in Arakkonam, the official said. Some bodies were seen trapped in the derailed bogies. Some of the injured were referred to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital.

Five bodies were recovered from the spot while two persons died at the Government Hospital.Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan who accompanied senior officials to the spot said,” an Accident Relief Vehicle has left for Chitheri. It is difficult to ascertain the circumstances that led to the accident.”

Director-General of Police K. Ramanujam said adequate manpower, including a company of the Tamil Nadu Special Police, was sent to Chitheri to assist in the rescue operations. “It is very dark there and a couple of coaches have capsized. Efforts are on to see if there are any victims trapped beneath the damaged compartments,” he said.

Trains on the Arakkonam-Katpadi section have been cancelled or diverted.Yercaud Express has been cancelled and all trains scheduled to leave Chennai Central via Arakkonam have been deferred. Railway officials said unless the rescue operations were completed and tracks restored, they could not tell when the train services would start. Seven trains between Arakkonam and Chennai have also been stopped midway. Railway officials confirmed that the Trivandrum Mail has crossed Arakkonam.

“There was a delay in relief reaching the accident spot due to inclement weather. The condition of the some injured passengers is said to be critical,” a police official added. A special information desk has been created outside the office of the Station Manager to inform passengers about the schedules of various trains.

The following helpline numbers have been provided in case of emergency– 25330710, 25357398, 25347771.



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