Bengaluru: In a tragic mishap, at least 8 passengers have been killed and around 60 injured when a Bengaluru-Ernakulam bound Inter-City Express derailed near Hosur in Tamil Nadu during wees hours today.
The mishap took place near Anekal at 7:35 am today. According to Railway officials, nine coaches have been derailed.
Around six ambulances from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have rushed to the accident spot. Even local villagers are assisting the rescue team to help the injured.
The mishap occurred after the engine of the train caught fire and all the bogies got derailed.
Railway authorities have rushed rescue teams to the spot and rescue operation is on.
According to sources, many passengers are still trapped in the derailed coaches.
The injured are being rushed to nearby hospitals.
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Palakkad: 0491-2556198 and 0491-2555231
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At accident site: 9448090599
Kerala Department of Non-resident Keralites’ Affairs have opened help lines in Bangalore – 080-25305090, Ernakulam – 0484-2371830/2371810 and Thiruvananthapuram -1800-425-3939 (Toll Free), 0471-2770522
The Ernakulam-bound train, a daily train, left Bengaluru city railway station at 6.15 a.m.
About seven ambulances from Tamil Nadu and 10 from Karnataka have been dispatched to tackle the emergency situation.
The derailed coaches are D-8, D-9, D-10, D-11, two AC Chair Cars and two unreserved coaches, railway sources said. Unconfirmed reports say the locomotive of the train also caught fire and that the pantry car rammed into the adjacent D-8 coach.