Chitheri: In the 3rd major rail mishap in a span of 2 months, 10 persons were killed and 72 others injured when a passenger train rammed into a stationary train near Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu, derailing 5 coaches on Tuesday night.
The accident took place at about 9.30 last evening, when the Chennai Beach-Vellore local rammed into the Arakkonam-Katpadi train, which was stationary at that time.
A compensation of Rs 5 lakh for familes of the dead and Rs 1 lakh for the injured has been announced. Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi will be reaching the site later on Wednesday morning.
Trivedi said that “Initial reports suggest that the driver may have jumped the signal, but this is not confirmed yet. Our officials have reached the site. Compensation of RS 5 lakh will be given to victims’ families and RS 1 lakh to the injured. The state Chief Secretary is looking into it. We will confirm the casualty figures only after looking into detailed probe reports.”
Rescue operations are over and work is on to renovate the rail track. However, bad weather is slowing down the process.