August 28, 2016 1:11:44 pm
After 12 coaches of Thiruvananthapuram- Mangalore Express derailed on Sunday near Karukutty station, the Indian Railways issued a notification that some of the trains via Triunelveli, Madurai and Dindigul have been diverted. Here is the list for trains:
# Train no. 13352 Alleppey Dhanbad Express
# Train no. 12512 Trivandrum-Gorakhpur Raptisagar Express
# Train no. 17229 Trivandrum-Hyderabad Sabari Express
# Train no. 16382 kanyakumari-Mumbai CST Jayanti Janta Express
# Train no. 16525 Kanyakumari-KSR Bangaluru Island Express
Thiruvananthapuram- Mangalore Express derailed in the wee hours near Karukutty station, around 45 kms from Kochi, Southern Railway said. No casualties were reported in the incident. The incident took place around 2.30 am when the 16347 express train derailed between Aluva and Karukutty stations in Ernakulam district after leaving from Thiruvanathapuram at 8.40 pm on Saturday, a Southern Railway spokesman said. Following the incident, buses and local trains were arranged to ferry the stranded passengers to Kochi and Thrissur.
The cause of the derailment has not been confirmed yet but it is suspected to be due to a broken rail. A major disaster was averted as the coaches tilted over the rails onto the ballast rather than overturn.
The Railways notification also said, “All the trains that are passing through Salem Division, both from and towards Palakkad/Trivandrum, are getting delayed due to derailment.”
The Salem Division, Souther Railway has set up the following helpline numbers for more information:
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