Miraculous escape for train passengers
  Oct 11, 2010 06.10 PM

Several women passengers of the Tirunelveli-bound Nellai Express had a miraculous escape following action by the alert guard, who alerted the driver to stop the train, after experiencing a jerk on Sunday morning

Two bogies, a women’s coach and that of the guard’s, of the Nellai Express got derailed near Lalgudi in the early hours of Sunday. None of them was injured in the incident. The Nellai Express, with 24 coaches, left Chennai on Saturday night and was nearing Lalgudi around 2 am on Sunday, said railway sources.

Rajasekar, the train guard, after experiencing a jerk around 2.15 am, when it crossed the signal between Valadi and Lalgudi, alerted the driver who stopped the train immediately.

Following this, it was noticed that the last bogie, a women’s coach, besides the guard, had derailed. The incident was communicated to the higher authorities in Tiruchy immediately.

Meanwhile, the train, with all the coaches minus one, was taken to the next station to clear the way for the arrival of a relief train from Tiruchy with officials and it came at 3.05 am.

Trains running on the section were delayed by more than 90 minutes and normalcy was restored around 5.20 am. A three-member committee has been formed to inquire into the cause of the derailment, following orders from the Divisional Railway Manager.

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