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9 dead, over 60 injured in train mishap

Bangalore -Ernakulam train derails

Anekal (Karna):  Nine passengers were killed and 60 injured when nine bogies of the Ernakulam-bound Express train from Bengaluru jumped off the track near here today.

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

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.

Bangalore -Ernakulam train derailsAgarwal 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 R P 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.

Bangalore -Ernakulam train derailsRailway, police, Fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force teams are involved in the operations with medical teams from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu rushed to thespot.

Union Law Minister D V 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 U T 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.

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