Nine passengers died and over 100 were injured after nine bogies of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express derailed this morning near the border between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. (Pics)
The train had left Bengaluru at 6.15 am and it got derailed at 7.35 am between Anekal Road and Hosur on Bangalore City-Salem Section, about 45 kilometres from Bengaluru, Railways said.
The accident occurred after the train hit a boulder that had fallen on the track, tweeted Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Unfortunate rail accident in Karnataka,Boulder fell on track in Ghat section, train hit it. directed all sr officers to rush with full help; Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) February 13, 2015
"I am on way to Bangalore to visit the accident site to help all stranded. All possible help will be rendered to the families affected," he added.
Mr Prabhu said he has directed all senior officers to rush to the spot with help. Law Minister Sadananda Gowda has also reached the accident site.
An inquiry had been ordered to fix responsibility and for corrective action to prevent such unfortunate accidents, said the Railway Minister.
Relief and rescue operations are going on at the site, with medical teams from both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the spot. Police and Railway officials said efforts were being made to reach those trapped inside the derailed bogies.
The injured have been rushed to hospitals in nearby Hosur and Bengaluru, they said.
In a tweet, PM Modi said he was, "Saddened by the loss of lives due to derailing of Bangalore-Ernakulam express. Condolences to the families of the deceased".
Saddened by the loss of lives due to derailing of Bangalore-Ernakulam express. Condolences to the families of the deceased: PM; PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 13, 2015
Help desks have been set up at the Bangalore City Railway Station and at the accident site.
These are the helpline numbers in Kerala: Trivandrum - 0471-2321205/2321237, Ernakulam Junction - 0484-2100317/0813699773, Ernakulam town - 0484-2398200.
Helpline number for queries: 0471-2321237