M'luru-bound train derails near Kochi

M'luru-bound train derails near Kochi

 Passengers of a Mangaluru-bound express train escaped unhurt on Sunday when 12 of its bogies derailed amid heavy rain at Karukutty, about 45 km from Kochi, disrupting rail traffic in Kerala.

A possible major collision was also averted as the Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram train coming towards Ernakulam was stopped around 300 metres away from the accident site following a timely alert, a railway official said.

The Railways ordered a probe into the mishap, which occurred at 2.55 am shortly after the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru Express (Train 16347) left Aluva station and was running at a slow speed.

There was no casualty and all passengers were safe and taken to Thrissur for their onward journey, the Railways said.

Southern Railways additional general manager P K Mishra, who visited the accident site along with senior colleagues, told reporters there was no casualty.

According to railway officials in Thiruvananthapuram, the derailed coaches have not detached or toppled, which is one of the reasons the passengers escaped unhurt.
A railway official said a major collision was averted as the Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram train was stopped just in time.

“We alerted the incoming train and it was stopped about 300 metres away. This was an achievement of the railways safety measures,” the official said.

Announcing the probe, a railway spokesperson said a team headed by the Southern Railways chief safety officer was expected to start its work by Sunday evening.

The derailment threw rail traffic on the Ernakulam-Thrissur route out of gear, with 21 trains being cancelled. Several others were terminated at Ernakulam and some long-distance trains rescheduled.

Rail traffic towards Ernakulam is expected to be restored by 6 pm on Sunday and to Thrissur by Monday morning, Mishra said. Railway officials from the state capital and elsewhere are overseeing the relief operations.

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