38 injured as Mangalore express derails near Villuppuram


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All trains heading to Chennai Egmore from southern Tamil Nadu were detained at various stations in Tiruchi division, railway sources said.

At least 38 passengers, including 25 women, were injured when Train No. 16859 Chennai Egmore-Mangalore Central Express derailed near Poovanur railway station in Tiruchi Division around 2 a.m. on Friday. The State police ruled out possibility of a sabotage.

Preliminary reports suggested that six coaches, including the last vehicle, derailed. '108' ambulances were called to move the injured passengers to a government hospital in Vridhachalam. All trains heading to Chennai Egmore from southern Tamil Nadu were diverted via Thanjavur and Salem to Chennai and other destinations, railway sources said.

Senior railway officials rushed from a Chennai and Tiruchi and commenced restoration work. Cudalore Collector S. Suresh Kumar and Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar also reached the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations. The derailment happened minutes after the train passed Poovanur railway station, some 8 kms north of Vridhachalam. But for the Madurai-Chennai Pandian Superfast Express, all other trains from southern destinations to Chennai Egmore were held up due to the derailment, the sources said.

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