Train services in the Kottayam-Ernakulam route have been cancelled after mud caved in on the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express early on Friday morning in between Mulanthuruthy and Piravom.
Around a dozen passengers were injured after they panicked and jumped out of the train. Passenger trains linking Ernakulam with Kottayam and Alappuzha have been cancelled. The other trains have been diverted through Alappuzha since there is only a single track in the affected portion. The Parasuram Express would ply through Alappuzha.
The accident took place after around 1 am, Railway sources said. An earth mover arrived by morning and has begun removing the mud. A team of officials led by the Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager Rajiv Dutt Sharma arrived at the spot and are overseeing the track restoration work. Luckily, no coach derailed after mud caved in into the train. The engine and coaches in the front proceeded to Mangalore.