At least six people, including four, who were
travelling on the foot board, were killed this morning, and seven others sustained injuries when they fell from a packed suburban EMU train near St Thomas Mount Railway station in Chennai.
According to a Railways official, “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.”
Footage from the station showed a jam packed platform as well as train with several people hanging out of the carriages, holding on with the support of the pole at the entrance to the train.
According to sources, the EMU train was on its way from Chennai Beach to Thirumalpur and the mishap occured while the train was entering into St. Thomas Mount Station around 8.15 am.
EMU services were delayed in Chennai Beach — Guindy section since 7 am, owing signal failure near Kodambakkam station. Apparently, Chennai Beach – Thirumalpur suburban train operated with jampacked crowded passengers.
Two more people were reportedly hit in the same spot a few days ago, according to St. Thomas Mount station commuters.
A commuter said passengers have been asking for the concrete fence to be removed since it is causing frequent accidents.