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5 Dead, 10 Injured After Falling Off Over-Crowded Train in Chennai

The incident took place around 8:45am on Tuesday. The Railway Department said that three of the commuters died on the spot and another two died on the way to the hospital.

Poornima Murali | CNN-News18

Updated:July 24, 2018, 3:11 PM IST
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5 Dead, 10 Injured After Falling Off Over-Crowded Train in Chennai
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Chennai: Five passengers who were travelling on the foot-board of a suburban train died and 10 injured after they hit a concrete fence at Chennai’s St Thomas Mount station and fell on the tracks.

The incident took place around 8:45am on Tuesday. The Railway Department said that three of the commuters died on the spot and another two died on the way to the hospital.

A statement by the railways said that 10 passengers of Chennai Beach–Tirumalpur Passenger train fell after they hit a fence.

Commuters said that the station was over-crowded because the train was delayed by over 15 minutes. Some of them have also said that a similar incident happened at the same spot a few days ago when passengers hit the concrete fence.

The state government has urged passengers to not travel on the foot-board of trains. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said, "We are saddened by the incident. The government will organise awareness programmes on this to ensure such incidents do not occur again."​

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| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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