Train Accident 10 dead, 50 seriously injured in Tamil Nadu


8 Jun 2011
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Around 10 people were killed and 50 seriously injured when a passenger train rammed into a stationary train near Arakkonam junction, 75 km from Chennai at 9.30 pm on Tuesday. The Chennai Beach to Vellore train was waiting for signal at the Malappalam station, when the Arrakonam-Katpadi passenger train rammed into it. Five bogies of the two trains were derailed due to the impact of the crash.
Chennai's ADRM said on Wednesday that 10 passengers were dead and at least 50 passengers were reported to be critically injured. They were rushed to the Arakkonam government hospital.

Rescue efforts, initially hampered by rains, were over with all the injured shifted to hospitals. The accident's cause was being investigated, said railways minister Dinesh Trivedi.

Terming himself "disturbed" over the incident, Trivedi said he was leaving for the accident site, along with minister of state for railways KH Muniyappa, the Railway Board chairman and other board officials, by the first available flight Wednesday morning.

He also announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs.5 lakh for the dead, Rs.1 lakh for the seriously injured and Rs.25,000 for the others.

Trivedi refused to speak about the cause of the incident, noting it could not be ascertained yet.
Source:Hindustan Times
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