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Rajasthan: 13 coaches of Suryanagari Express train derailed in Jodhpur; 26 injured

Suryanagari Express train accident: Senor railways officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue operation.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Jodhpur Updated on: January 02, 2023 13:47 IST
Relief operation is underway
Image Source : ANI Relief operation is underway

Suryanagari Express train accident: 13 coaches of Bandra Terminus-Jodhpur Suryanagari Express train were derailed between Rajkiawas-Bomadra section of Jodhpur division at 3.27am on Monday. No casualty was reported but 26 passengers were injured in the accident, an official said.

“11 coaches were impacted due to derailment of Bandra Terminus-Jodhpur Suryanagari Express train. No casualties reported yet. Higher officials have reached spot. Buses have been arranged for stranded passengers so that they can reach their destinations,” said CPRO, North Western Railway.

"Within 5 minutes of departing from Marwar junction, a vibration sound was heard inside the train and after 2-3 minutes, the train stopped. We got down and saw that at least 8 sleeper class coaches were off the tracks. Within 15-20 minutes, ambulances arrived," said a passenger.

No loss of life has been reported, a spokesperson of the North Western Railway (NWR) said and added that several trains have either been cancelled or diverted due to the derailment of the Bandra Terminus-Jodhpur Suryanagri Express (12480) on the Rajkiyawas-Bamodara route at 3.27 am.

The injured, two of them seriously hurt, have been admitted at the Bangad Hospital in Pali, the official said.

The railways is operating helpline numbers and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is monitoring the situation, the spokesperson said.

Vaishnaw will visit the spot in the evening, the official added.

"Constantly monitoring the unfortunate accident of the Bandra-Jodhpur Suryanagari Express. Emergency assistance and timely medical support were ensured. Compensation also granted: Rs 1 lakh towards grievous injuries and Rs 25,000 towards minor injuries," the railway minister said in a statement.

Stranded passengers have been taken to their destinations by buses and alternative train routes, the spokesperson said.

The NWR shared a video in which as passenger says, "Three coaches S3, S4 and S5 were majorly affected. The air-conditioned coaches remained unaffected. We have come to Luni in the same coaches."

The passenger also said after 15-20 minutes, ambulances and facilities were arranged for the injured.

Senior NWR officials are monitoring the situation in the control room in Jaipur, the official said.

Helpline numbers for passengers and concerned family members:

For Jodhpur: 02912654979, 02912654993, 02912624125, 02912431646

For Pali Marwar: 02932250324

Passengers and their families can also contact- 138 and 1072- for any information

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