Accident
Officials say that the wheels of the engine went off the track two hours into the train’s journey.

A passenger train travelling from Bengaluru to Karaikal in Puducherry derailed two hours into its journey on Sunday morning. The Bengaluru-Karaikal Fast Passenger train number 56514 had departed from Bengaluru’s Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station at 7 am on Sunday and had reached somewhere between Rayakkottai and Marandahalli when the wheels of the engine went off the railway track. 

The train reportedly derailed some distance before reaching Marandahalli railway station located in Tamil Nadu. 

No injuries or casualties have been reported in the incident. 

Uma Mangeshwaram, a member of the Trainspotters group, said that there were unconfirmed reports that there was a big stone on the track, which led to the derailment of the train.

Visuals of the incident show one of the wheels of the train’s engine off the train track and into the rubble. Other visuals showed the train stranded and stationed near Rayakkottai. 

Earlier in September, Chennai-Mangalore Superfast mail (12601), traveling via Kerala got derailed at Shoranur. No casualties were reported. According to reports, the train derailed as it was pulling up at the Shoranur station from Palakkad.

In April 2019, two wheels of  Agartala-Bengaluru Hamsafar Express had derailed in southern Assam bordering Tripura. No casualties were reported then either. Several Agartala, Guwahati and Kolkata bound trains were stranded in different locations in Assam and Tripura due to the accident.

(This is a developing story)