Train services in the sector have been affected. Rescue operations are underway and efforts are on to restore the rail track. The accident took place at around 9:30 PM. [UPDATE: Probe reveals shocking truth]
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the Arakkonam-Katpadi train was speeding at 96 kms per hour and ignored all relevant traffic signs and bumped a stationery train in the back causing the casualties. The injured were immediately moved to the hospital. The fact that it was raining heavily in the area is hampering rescue operations.
Union Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi spoke on the train mishap, "Initial reports suggest that the driver may have jumped the signal, but this is not confirmed yet. Our officials have reached the site. Compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be given to victims' families and Rs 1 lakh to the injured. The state Chief Secretary is looking into it. We will confirm the casualty figures only after looking into detailed probe reports."