Bengaluru-Ernakulam express derails, 3 dead, 60 hurt


Bengaluru-Ernakulam express derails, 3 dead, 60 hurt: Three passengers were killed and over 60 injured, some of them critically, when the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express derailed near Anekal, about 45 km from Bengaluru.

The train had left Bengaluru at 0615 hrs and derailed at 0735 hrs between Anekal Road and Hosur on Bangalore City-Salem Section, Railways said.Bengaluru-Ernakulam express derails, 3 dead, 60 hurt

The Karnataka government rushed several ambulances to the spot and launched rescue operations.

The injured trapped in derailed bogies were being removed and rushed to hospitals in Bengaluru and nearby Hosur, sources said.

While ambulances from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been rushed to the spot, officials are coordinating rescue operations, they said.

A train to rescue the stranded passengers is on its way to the accident site from Tamil Nadu’s Erode.

“We are not still certain about casualties as of now; it should be less than 10,” Divisional Railway Manager (Bangalore) Anil Kumar Agarwal told PTI.

Help desks have been set up at Bangalore City Railway Station and at the accident site.

Bangalore city help desk numbers are 080 22371166, 080-22156553, 080-22156554, 9731666751.

Accident site number is 9448090599.