38 hurt as six coaches of Chennai-Mangalore express derail in Tamil Nadu

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Six coaches of Chennai-Mangalore Express derailed  near Poovanur railway station in Tiruchi Division on 4 September. In this connection, 38 persons were injured.

The injured persons were rushed to the Vridhachalam government hospital where they were given medical treatment, according to railway officers. There were, however, no reports of any person succumbing due to injuries received in the accident.

Senior railway officials rushed from a Chennai and Tiruchi and commenced restoration work. Cuddalore Collector S Suresh Kumar and Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar also reached the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations.

All trains heading to Chennai Egmore from southern Tamil Nadu were diverted via Thanjavur and Salem to Chennai and other destinations, railway sources said. Later, the train began its onward journey once the derailed bogies were detached.

Though India has the world’s fourth largest railway network that transports 2.3 crore passengers daily, but infrastructure is poorly maintained and accidents are common. Earlier two mishaps took place before this incident—35 people had died and 25 injured when two trains derailed in Madhya Pradesh and on August 24, five persons were killed when a granite-laden truck rammed into an express train at Anantapur.

In total, 25,006 people had been killed and 3,882 injured in railway accidents across the country in 2014. A majority of these were due to fall from trains or collision of trains with people on track, while 190 deaths took place due to collision and derailments, stated National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), according to Hindustan Times.

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