Four dead, many critical after falling off crowded local train in Chennai

In a shocking incident early on Tuesday, four persons travelling on a crowded suburban train at the St Thomas Mount station died after hitting a hard surface. According to initial reports, a few of them were travelling on the footboard and they fell off the train with other passengers. Atleast five were injured in the freak accident and have been rushed to the hospital. They are currently in a critical state. Speaking to TNM, one Railways official said, “When the train was arriving at St.Thomas Mount, 10 passengers were hanging out of the door. They seem to have hit a wall or a pole and fallen down. Train was extremely crowded. Four people have died, others have been rushed to a hospital for medical attention.”
A press release by the Railways states, “At St. Thomas Mount station the shoulders bags of male commuters travelling on footboard hit against the Railway cement fence and 10 passengers have fallen down at 8.25 hrs from the running train (T.No.40701 – Chennai Beach – Tirumalpur Passenger) between Km17/2 – 17/4. Immediately Govt Railway Police Personnel, Mambalam and Railway Protection Force Personnel, St Thomas Mount, attended the spot. 6 injured passengers were rushed by 108 Ambulance to Government Hospitals at Royapettah and GH Chennai. 3 have been reported as dead on the spot. One Passenger expired on the way to the Hospital.” The St Thomas Mount station lies along the Chennai Beach–Chengalpattu section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network near Guindy.