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One dead, over 50 hurt as train derails in TN

One dead, over 50 hurt as train derails in TN
‘We received our first call at 5.44am. From then on, we received 55 calls, one almost every two minutes,’ said regional director for 108, B Prabhudoss. The last call was received at 9.25am.

Over 50 people who were transferred from the accident site to the Arrakonam general hospital suffered from minor surface wounds and fractures to spinal and head injuries. Three of them remain critical with head injuries and have now been transferred to Madras Medical College (MMC) in Chennai.

A total of 13 ambulance from Thiruthani, Thiruvallur, Wallajah, Arrakonam and Ponnai were deployed into service.

Doctors at MMC say there were no further casualties. ‘They are being assessed as of now. Krishnakumar, aged 52, is still conscious but we can determine how critical he is only after a thorough assessment,’ said resident medical officer for MMC, Anand Prathap.

Eleven coaches, including four AC coaches, of the Muzaffarpur-Yeswantpur Express train derailed near Arakkonam, some 90 km from Chennai. In September 2011, nine people were killed at almost the same spot as Wednesday’s accident.


TRAINS CANCELLED

Southern Railway has cancelled eight trains departing from Chennai Central on Wednesday after eleven coaches of the Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur weekly express derailed near Chitteri near Arakkonam killing one person and injuring more than 50 people. The railway has cancelled train services to Coimbatore, Bangalore and Trivandrum. The trains that have been cancelled are: Chennai Central - Coimbatore - Chennai Central Kovai Expresses (train number 12675/12676), Chennai Central - Bangalore - Chennai Central Brindavan Expresses (12639/12640), Chennai Central - Coimbatore - Chennai Central Duronto Expresses (12243/12244), Chennai Central - Mangalore West Coast Express (16627), Chennai Central - Bangalore Express (12609 ), Chennai Central - Coimbatore Intercity Express (12679), Chennai Central - Thiruvananthapuram Express (12695), and Chennai Central - Bangalore Lalbaugh Express (12607).
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