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Forty Years Ago, February 12, 1981: Tamil Nadu Rail Mishap

A Southern Railways press release said 14 bodies had been identified. The accident occurred when the couplings of the goods train snapped and some empty oil tanker wagons broke loose.

By: Editorial |
February 12, 2021 4:37:08 am
Tamil Nadu Rail Mishap, Tamil Nadu Rail Mishap deaths, Tamil Nadu Rail Mishap inured, forty years ago, indian express editorialFive of the 17 bogies were smashed out of shape as a result of this collision.

Nineteen persons died and 50 were injured in a major accident involving three trains — the Madras-bound Trivandrum Mail, the Erode-bound Yeracud Express and breakaway wagons from a goods train — near Vaniyambadi 199 km from Madras. A Southern Railways press release said 14 bodies had been identified. The accident occurred when the couplings of the goods train snapped and some empty oil tanker wagons broke loose. The Trivandrum Mail bumped into the rear wagons and some of its bogies derailed and fell on the second line. The Yeracud Express coming from Madras rammed into the fallen bogies of the Trivandrum Mail. Five of the 17 bogies were smashed out of shape as a result of this collision. Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kalyanasudram and V P Manickam the secretary of the party’s Tamil Nadu unit who were travelling by the Yeracud Express escaped unhurt.

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