A Chennai-Mangalore Superfast mail (12601), traveling via Kerala got derailed at Shoranur on Tuesday morning. No casualties have been reported.
According to reports, the train derailed as it was pulling up at the Shoranur station from Palakkad. Following the derailment, authorities have asked for rail traffic via Shoranur to be temporarily stopped.
The incident occurred at 6:40 am on Tuesday, reports state. Other than the engine, two bogies of the train - the SLR coach and the parcel van - too deviated off the tracks, near the railway overbridge while entering Shoranur from Palakkad. The derailment damaged electric poles near the area.
Rail traffic from Shoranur to Kozhikode, Thrissur and Palakkad has been stopped temporarily. However the Thrissur- Palakkad route has been unaffected.
Railway authorities said they are putting in place an alternate system to allow traffic flow in Shoranur, as the signals have been disrupted. Emergency system including break up van available at the station will help fix an alternate system immediately, they said.
The Chennai-Mangalore super fast mail covers places in the Malabar region of North Kerala between Shoranur and Mangalore. The train started from Chennai on Monday night and was slated to reach Mangalore later on Tuesday.