Four bogies of the Nanded-bound train derailed as the truck broke the closed boom gate at Madakasira after "overlooking all safety warnings" and hit the H-1 coach at around 2.20 AM, the Railways said.

Venkatesh Naik, Congress MLA from Deodurg in Raichur district of Karnataka who has been a four-time Lok Sabha MP, was among three passengers killed, officials said, adding the driver of the truck and two railway employees -- an AC coach mechanic and an attender -- also died in the mishap. Two injured persons have been shifted to hospital in Bangalore.
However, DIG of Anantapur, K Satyanarayana, said the truck cleaner was among those killed in the mishap while the driver fled. He said it appeared the truck's brakes had failed, but the actual cause of the accident will be ascertained after an inquiry.

The AC bogie was crushed and three sleeper coaches of the train derailed in the incident in Anantapur district, which borders Karnataka and is located around 350 km from Hyderabad.

Railways has ordered an inquiry into the mishap by Commissioner Railway Safety of Southern Circle who will submit the report at the earliest, Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said in Delhi.

Many trains were affected in the section and have been diverted, according to Railway officials.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said it was an unfortunate incident and conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims. He said ex-gratia will be given to the affected.

The authorities in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district have opened helplines to provide information to the kins of the passengers travelling in the train that met with an accident.

The helpline number at the accident site is 9701374062 Penukonda Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) helpline 08555-220228 Dharmavaram helpline 08559-222555 Anantapur railway helpline 08554-236444.


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