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Amritha Express derails, traffic disrupted

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Incident occurred near Changanassery; no casualties

off-track:The destroyed parts of the battery box of a coach of the Thiruvananthapuram-bound Amritha Rajyarani Express that derailed at Nalukodi, near Changanassery, on Wednesday. —photo: by special arrangement
off-track:The destroyed parts of the battery box of a coach of the Thiruvananthapuram-bound Amritha Rajyarani Express that derailed at Nalukodi, near Changanassery, on Wednesday. —photo: by special arrangement

Rail traffic on the Ernakulam-Kayamkulam stretch, via Kottayam, was disrupted for over five hours following the derailment of the Thiruvananthapuram-bound Amritha Rajyarani Express at Nalukodi, near Changanassery, early Wednesday. There were no casualties.

Thousands of passengers were stranded in railway stations from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam following the cancellation of six trains, and rescheduling of two. Six other trains were running late. Some of the trains running via Alappuzha also got delayed.

Rail traffic which remained paralysed from 3.55 a.m. resumed by 9.15 a.m. when the Venad Express bound for Shoranur passed the spot.

Railway authorities said a pair of wheels of a three-tier air-conditioned coach, 13th from the engine, slipped off the track between Thiruvalla and Changanassery. The battery box was found completely damaged.

Preliminary investigation revealed that no foreign bodies were found on the spot. A major accident was averted since the train was just picking up momentum after halting at the Changanassery station, Railway sources said.

Railways rushed accident-relief trains to the spot. The front portion of the train was towed to Chengannur and the rear portion to Changanassery.

Rajyarani Express resumed its journey from Chengannur by 10.15 a.m., Railway authorities said.

The trains that were cancelled include No. 56305 Kottayam-Kollam passenger; No.56334/56335 Kollam-Punalur and Punalur-Kollam passenger; and No. 56309 Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram passenger. The 56392 Kollam-Ernakulam remained partially cancelled between Ernakulam and Kayamkulam; 56304 passenger from Kottayam to Nagercoil remained cancelled between Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram; 56387/56388 Ernakulam-Kayamkulam- Ernakulam was partially cancelled between Changanassery and Kayamkulam junction, Railways said

The No.12623 Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Mail scheduled to leave Thiruvananthapuram at 2.30 p.m. was rescheduled to 3.45 p.m. and No.06010 Kollam-Chennai Sabari Special, scheduled to leave Kollam at 11.15 a.m. rescheduled to 3.45 p.m. Following the derailment, the Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Express was running late by five-and-a-half hours; Malabar Express to Thiruvananthapuram by four-and-a-half hours; Vanchinad Express to Thiruvananthapuram by three hours; Jayanti Janata Express bound for Kanyakumari by three-and-a-half hours; Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram Superast by five hours; and Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram Mail by two-and-a-half hours, a press note said.

The Amritha Express from Palakkad links with Rajyarani Express from Nilambur Junction at Shoranur before proceeding to Thiruvananthapuram. Following the accident, Divisional Railway Manager Rajesh Agarwal, Security Commissioner R Sundararajan, and others visited the spot.


  • Six trains cancelled, two rescheduled; six others late

  • No foreign bodies found on the spot: preliminary probe



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