12 killed, 60 injured in Bangalore-Ernakulam Express mishap in Karnataka

North Gazette News/Bengaluru
Around 12 passengers were killed while 60 others suffered injuries after Bangalore-Ernakulam Express mishap near Anekal on Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border.

As per reports, Bangalore-Ernakulam Express derailed at around 7.35 am near Anekal road on Bengalore City-Salem section.

“Bangalore-Ernakulam Express had departed from Bengaluru railway station at 6.15 am and it derailed between Anekal Road and Hosul, around 45 kms from the railway station in Karnataka,” police sources said.

“The injured passengers have been rushed to nearby hospitals in Bengaluru and the condition of 34 of them is said to be serious,” police sources said, adding that the rescue operation to bring out injured from mangled remains of train is on.

Reports say that most of the victims and injured were from Kerala and they were on their to native places for the weekend.

Meanwhile, Indian Railways minister Suresh Prabhu said that the accident occurred as Bangalore-Ernakulam Express collided with a boulder that had fallen on track.

Prabhu has also directed senior Railway officials to visit the spot and provide all necessary help and relief to the victims and their families.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also condoled the death of passengers in Bangalore-Ernakulam express mishap and wished speedy recovery to injured, besides directing Railway Minister and officials to ensure timely relief.