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5 coaches of Cheran Express derail

S. Natarajan

Ten passengers suffer injuries in the accident



GOES OFF THE TRACK: A derailed coach of Cheran Express at Vinamangalam Station between Ambur and Vaniyambadi. — Photo D. Gopalakrishnan

AMBUR: Five coaches of the Cheran Express heading towards Chennai from Coimbatore derailed following a lower bearing failure at the Vinamangalam station between Vaniyambadi and Ambur in Vellore district in the early hours on Sunday.

Ten passengers travelling by these coaches sustained injuries. Seethalakshmi (83), suffered a bone fracture and was given Rs. 5,000 as relief.

A team of doctors from the Vellore Christian College (CMC) treated the injured.

Thomas Varghese, General Manager, Southern Railway, talking to reporters said that the derailment occurred at 3.45 a.m. Coaches S5, S6, S7, S8 and S9 derailed and an investigation was on. The Commissioner of Inspection in Bangalore would submit a report.

Stating that the loss was between Rs.70 lakh and 80 lakh, Mr. Varghese said regular traffic along Ambur and Vaniyambadi would be restored in 24 hours. As the regular traffic was routed through the loop line, trains on this route might get delayed by 60-90 minutes.

Railway officials said that a 1.5-km stretch of the track and 175 to 180 track sleepers suffered damage.

District Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav along with the Vellore Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar made arrangements to transport passengers by State-owned buses.

Priority was given to a group of students who were travelling by the train to Chennai to attend an entrance examination conducted by Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC).

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