Around 42 passengers were injured as 5 coaches of Chennai Manglore express derailed at Virudhachalam in Tamil Nadu at 2.30 am on Friday.
“Officials have reached the spot and relief operations are going in full swing,” said Railways Chief PRO Anil Saxena.
Anil Saxena added, “Five rear coaches were derailed. So, we will disconnect the affected coaches and take the train forward.”
All trains heading to Chennai Egmore from Southern Tamil Nadu were diverted via Thanjvur and Salem to Chennai and other destinations.
The derailment happened minutes after the train passed Poovanur railways station, 8 kms north of Vrindachalam.
Cudalore district collector Suresh Kumar and SP Vijay Kumar reached the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations. Collector Suresh Kumar said, “all injured passengers were out of danger. Special buses were arranged to move the stranded passengers to Villuppuram, Tiruchi, Salem and other places.”
The Madurai-Chennai Vaigai and Tiruchi-Chennai Pallavan Superfast Express trains would be run via Thanjavur and Kumbakonam, railway sources said and added that normal traffic would be restored by Friday afternoon.