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Updated: July 30, 2012 15:07 IST

Tamil Nadu Express arrives; patients admitted to Perambur railway hospital

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A board in Chennai Central railway station lists the names of the injured passengers of Tamil Nadu Express. Relatives can contact Nellore hospital at 0861-2330024/2328500. Photo: Petlee Peter
A board in Chennai Central railway station lists the names of the injured passengers of Tamil Nadu Express. Relatives can contact Nellore hospital at 0861-2330024/2328500. Photo: Petlee Peter

The S-11 coach of the Tamil Nadu Express 12622 that caught fire in an apparent short circuit, arrived at Chennai Central Railway Station around 11:45 a.m. on Monday.

Coaches from S-11 were delinked and sent to Nellore Railway Station. Passengers from other coaches, including those with minor injuries were accommodated on the same train.

Ahmed, who resides in Chromepet near Chennai, along with five of his friends, had boarded the train from New Delhi. “We were travelling on S-12. I heard people screaming from nearby compartments. We tried to escape but all doors were locked… Someone pulled the chain and the train stopped,” he recalls.

Anxious relatives and friends queued up at the Central Station since 7 a.m. after the news broke out.

The Railways has prominently displayed at its premises the details of 14 passengers who are admitted at various hospitals. Helplines were also opened. Relatives can contact 044-25357398/25330821 for further details.

Medical aid at Railway Hospital

Four persons who were travelling by the S-11 coach were shifted to the Railway Hospital in Perambur after the train reached Chennai Central Station.

According to Station Master S. Govindasamy, "Three of them complained of chest discomfort and one had suffered giddiness." They had come with simple injuries and were medically certified as normal. They are in a state of shock after the incident, he added.

The four persons undergoing treatment at the hospital are: Bhupendra Singh Chander, Omprakash Munna (berth no. 18) and Vinay Singh Chander (berth no. 22). M. Diwakar, aged 38 who was in coach S 10 had also suffered minor injuries.

With this wonderful person whom india has as the railawys minister nothing is gonna happen. Automatic sprinklers(as ajerome said) alogn with fire extinguishers must be installed on all trains...

When Indians dont put safety first for fellow indians then how can you expect nonIndians to give respect to indians?

from:  senthil kumar
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 01:19 IST

Railway department officers has to check the the train when come from
the yard, We have to fix fire alarm in each compartment , few years back
in each compartment one RPF will be their, so they roaming in the
compartment , for safety we have atleast open one window where RPF will
sit. Main we have fix fire alarm. By alarm sound everyone can awake up
and save their life.

from:  S Kalaivani
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 00:42 IST

nothing can be done in this country other than some money giving to
their family who loss some one, in place of giving such money should be
used in security purpose,why can not be fixed fire extingusher in each
coach.....pls do for saftey purpose not for politics

from:  shubhankar
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 00:05 IST

@ M D Kumar - Sir, the accident happened in the early morning hours,
when the passengers were sleeping and that's the reason why they could
not have been able to realize & run to the next compartment. Also, in
the chaos, fire and smoke, do you think its easy to identify where the
fire is coming from and run in the opposite direction? It is very easy
to comment. But in such a situation, it is very difficult to react. I
pray for their soul to RIP

from:  Subramaniam Dharmarajan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 22:14 IST

I think the railways has not learned any lessons about the past
incidents involving fire. No precautionary measures has been taken.
Nothing has been done to the safety of the passengers. May be the
passengers does not belongs to elite section of the society. Why no
checking was not done about the electricity/wire connections in the
Passenger compartment which runs long distance? Who is
responsible/accountable for this? Will the Rlys. provide any job to
the surviving victims/familiy members. Instead of ordering white
washing probe the railway authorities should fix responsibility and
initiate appropriate actions to punish the erring officials for this

from:  A . Sheik Mohamed
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 18:44 IST

Since the railway coaches are made of steel iron and wood we think the the safety of the passanger is taken in a very samller manner as we see then why can't the railway make fire safety coaches by fixing water sprinkler in all coaches to avoid like thsi fire accidents at least the passangers will awake and try to pass to the next boogie and save their lives.each boogie should have a attender and a RPF for the safety of passangers and all the siginals should be computerzied so that the driver knows if the signal is clear for him to go and at the back of each train a divice should be fixed so that the driver coming from the back will be alerted and he will be able do the needfull as in the age of computer world everything is possiable as to our needs please for the walfare of the passangers check the boogies well before it goes on the run Dear CTR and CTX railway staff take at least from now.

from:  ajerome
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 15:03 IST

The passengars should have make use of emergency window...or should have moved fast to another coach through vestibule...such big
tradegy could have been avoided

from:  M. D. KUMAR
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 14:58 IST
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