Chennai, Feb 5: Eleven coaches of a Bengaluru- bound train derailed on Friday near Vellore, leaving over 40 passengers injured and affecting rail traffic.
However, local police said that no casualty has been reported in the incident. The railway spokesperson said that the injured have been moved to nearby hospitals while senior officials have rushed to the site of the derailment at Natrampalli, about 140km from Bangalore.
According to railways, buses were arranged to transport passengers to Bengaluru and senior officials have reached the accident spot.
According to sources, the derailment occurred due to suspected rail fracture but the railway spokesperson said that the cause behind the incident is yet to be ascertained.
Owing to the accident the Southern Railway has cancelled 11 trains between Chennai-Bengaluru, Jolarpettai-Bengaluru and Arakonam-Bengaluru.
The Chennai-Mysore Shadabdi Express for Friday has been partially cancelled between Jolarpettai and Mysore.
Similarly, the Mysore-Chennai Shadabdi Express has been partially cancelled between Mysore and Jolarpettai.
Train number 16614 between Coimbatore-Rajkot has been diverted via Tirupattur, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Renigunta.
Here are emergency Helplines numbers:
Kanyakumari–Bangalore Express derailed between Somanayakanpatti & Patchur (TN) in early morning hours pic.twitter.com/dD9OOQxisc— ANI (@ANI_news) February 5, 2016
As a result of derailment, 11 coaches got affected. 8 of its coaches derailed, 3 got capsized, tilted-Anil Saxena,Railway PRO— ANI (@ANI_news) February 5, 2016
We have rushed some buses to the accident site to clear the stranded passengers-Rail PRO on Kanyakumari-Bangalore Express train derailment— ANI (@ANI_news) February 5, 2016
Things are under control, everything is being attended to-Anil Saxena,Railway PRO on train derailment pic.twitter.com/ekAiU2spQp— ANI (@ANI_news) February 5, 2016
(With agency inputs)