Gulbarga, Karnataka: Two people died and eight were injured as nine coaches of a Duranto Express going from Secunderabad to Mumbai derailed in Karnataka early this morning.
The accident happened around 2 am at Martur village station in Gulbarga district, near the Maharashtra-Karnataka border. "The Secunderabad -Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Express derailed at Martur village station near Kalburgi. Two persons were killed and eight others injured in the mishap," said Amit Singh, Kalburgi Superintendent of Police.
The injured were immediately rushed to hospital. After overnight rescue work, the train left for its onward journey. Traffic on the line is likely to be cleared in a couple of hours.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident.
Saddened by Duranto accident.Ordered enquiry.Immediate medical relief& other assistance rushed.Chair Rail board asked to rush.- Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 12, 2015
The Railways has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of those killed, Rs 50,000 for each of the grievously injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries, Mr Mittal said.
Helpline numbers: Gulbarga 0847-2255066/2255067; Secunderabad 040-27700968; Solapur 0217-2313331; Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus 022-22694040; Lokmanya Tilak Terminus 022-25280005; Kalyan 0251-2311499.