Train derails near Bengaluru; 8 killed, more than 60 injured

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 Bengaluru: Eight passengers were on Friday killed and over 60 injured, some of them critically, when an express train bound for Ernakulam in Kerala from Bengaluru derailed near Anekal, about 45 kms away here.

As per railway officials, about nine coaches of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express have been derailed in the mishap that took place between Anekal-Hosur on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border at around 7.40 am.

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

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

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been rushed to the spot.

 News agency Indo Asian News Service quoted Cyriac Mathew, a passenger, as saying, “Police and the ambulance arrived an hour after the accident”.

Ambulances from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been rushed to the spot and 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.

These are the helpline numbers in Kerala:  Trivandrum – 0471-2321205/2321237, Ernakulam Junction – 0484-2100317/0813699773,  Ernakulam town – 0484-2398200.

Helpline number for queries: 0471-2321237

(With PTI inputs)

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