In the early hours today, five coaches of the Chennai-Mangalore Express derailed near Virudhachalam area of Tamil Nadu, leaving at least 42 people injured.
The accident in itself is raising a lot of concern for the Indian railways as it’s the third train that has derailed in India in less than a month.
Looking at the condition of the derailed coaches, it’s a miracle that there were no causalities.
While the injured were given first aid at the local Virudhachalam government hospital, special buses were organized for passengers travelling to nearby Trichy and Salem.
The train itself began its onward journey after the derailed coaches were detached from it.
On August 4, two trains had derailed within minutes of each other in Madhya Pradesh, killing 35 and injuring 25 in the process.
Then on August 24, five passengers, including a Karnataka legislator, were killed when a lorry rammed into a train in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur.
Talking about Chennai-Mangalore Express derailment this morning, Chief Public Relations Officer of Railways Anil Saxena assured ANI that proper measures were taken by the railways:
“One person faced serious injuries, three people got simple injuries and 35 other injured were given medical aid on spot,”.
India has the world’s fourth largest railway network in the world, with over 23 million people travelling every day. But most of India’s total 115,000 km long tracks are really old and require infrastructural upgrade. Accidents have thus become a common occurrence.
National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data tells us that in 2014 alone, over 25,006 people died and 3,882 were injured in various railway-related accidents across the country.