Seven Dead, 85 Injured in Train Collision near Chennai

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CHENNAI: At least seven people were killed and 85 others injured when a passenger train from Chennai in the south Indian state Tamil Nadu rammed into a stationary train near Arakkonam, about 75 km from here, late last night.
The incident, which happened at 9.40 pm (IST) saw the stationary Arakkonam-Vellore passenger train, which was waiting for the green signal near Sitheri Station when the Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) running between Chennai Beach and Vellore rammed into it.

IG North Zone Syleendra Babu said the seven dead passengers were recovered from the three mangles bogies, which were thrown off the track.
Four other bogies of the two trains were also affected, Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted him as saying.
"The injured were admited to several government hospitals in Arakkonam and Vellore," he said.

Additional Division Railway Manager in Chennai Usha Venugopal said the death toll may increase as many people are still trapped in two bogies which derailed following the collision.
"Rescue workers used gas cutters to help pull out the trapped passengers from inside the derailed bogies," she said.

The relief trains and two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed to the accident site.

However, rescue and relief efforts were hit by heavy rains and nighfall.
Train traffic on the busy Chennai-Katpadi section has been disrupted and several trains leaving Chennai Central affected. Several trains, including Coimbatore-bound Cheran Express, have been cancelled, railway sources said. -- BERNAMA


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