At least two people were killed and seven injured when nine coaches of Mumbai-bound Duronto Express derailed near Kalburgi in Karnataka in the early hours of Saturday.
The mishap occurred at around 2.30 am about 20 kms away from Kalburgi. An eyewitness told IBN Live that two women passengers had died while a man had sustained serious injuries.
"The train halted suddenly and pantry coach in the rear part of train got derailed. I could see some passengers lying on the tracks," he said.
Union Railways Miniter Suresh Prabhu took to twitter to express grief and said that all assistance will be provided.
The railways has also announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those who were killed, Rs 50,000 to passengers severely injured and Rs 25,000 to those who sustained minor injuries.
Saddened by Duranto accident.Ordered enquiry.Immediate medical relief& other assistance rushed.Chair Rail board asked to rush.— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 12, 2015
All possible assistance is provided to all affected, all being rescued.Very unfortunate for this.Cause investigated to take action
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 12, 2015
All 7 injured rushed to civil hospital, treatment on,rail doctors r on job.All arrangements made to take others to destination,special train — Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 12, 2015
The railways has also issued a few helpline numbers for enquiries:
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus 022-22694040
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus 022-25280005