Updated: September 13, 2015 2:57:08 am
Two passengers were killed when eight coaches of Secunderabad-Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Duronto Express derailed at Martur station between Shahbad and Gulbarga on Solapur Division in Karnataka at around 2:15 am Saturday.
The deceased — Rama Laxmi Jyoti (38) and B Pushpa Latha (28) from Hyderabad — were going to Lonavala. They were a part of a group of 22 employees of a firm named Rajdeep Associates going on a three-day vacation to Lonavala. Another passenger Abdul Sharaf (21), who works with the Indian Navy, lost his leg which had to be severed to pull him out of the wreckage of an AC coach. Officials said four passengers suffered minor injuries.
Railway officials said that the train sped through Martur station at over 100 km per hour and just after crossing it, eight coaches from the middle of the train went off the track. Officials said the locomotive and six coaches ahead had passed normally but eight coaches in between, including the pantry car, inexplicably derailed. The two coaches at the back, however, did not derail.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu announced enhanced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for those who were grievously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who suffered minor injuries.
“Saddened by Duranto accident. Ordered enquiry. Immediate medical relief & other assistance rushed. Chairman Rail Board asked to rush,” Prabhu tweeted, expressing grief over the accident.
Railways have operationalised helpline numbers — Gulbarga 0847-2255066/2255067, Secunderabad 040-27700968, Solapur 0217-2313331, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus 022-22694040, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus 022-25280005, and Kalyan 0251-2311499.
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