At 3.27 am on Monday, 11 coaches of the Bandra Terminus-Jodhpur Suryanagari Express train derailed in the Rajkiawas-Bomadra stretch of the Jodhpur division. Although no fatalities were reported, an official indicated that 26 passengers were hurt.
“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,” CPRO, North Western Railway, said.
No fatalities have been reported, according to a North Western Railway (NWR) representative, who also noted that numerous trains have been delayed or cancelled as a result of the Bandra Terminus-Jodhpur Suryanagri Express (12480) derailing at 3.27 am on the Rajkiyawas-Bamodara route.
“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.
According to the official, two of the injured, who were critically hurt, have been admitted to the Bangad Hospital in Pali. The railways are running helplines and railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is keeping an eye on the situation. In the evening, Vaishnaw will visit the location.
“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.
Buses and alternate train lines have been used to transport stranded travellers to their destinations. The passenger added that ambulances and services for the injured were set up within 15 to 20 minutes. Senior NWR officers are keeping an eye on the situation in the Jaipur control centre.