New Delhi: Taking serious note of the train mishap in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday night, the Railway Ministry has ordered a probe into the matter.

At least 10 people were killed and over 100 others injured in a train mishap reported near Chiteri railway station under district Vellore of Tamil Nadu.

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi visited the site on Wednesday and announced the compensation to family members of deceased and injured passengers. Later, he also visited Chennai Civil Hospital and met the 30 passengers admitted there.

Railway Ministry has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for families of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for critically injured and Rs 25,000 each for passengers who sustained minor injuries.

SK Mittal, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle will head the investigation. Railway Ministry Spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena said Mittal has been asked to submit his report at the earliest.

The mishap was reported at 9.40 pm on Tuesday when Chennai Beach-Vellore Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) train rammed into stationary Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger train which was waiting for green signal near Arakkonam.

In the accident, two coaches were smashed, while two others got derailed. The deceased include a Station Master who was going to join his duty.

Official said the speed of EMU train was at 97 km per hour at the time of mishap. The train crossed three signals before the collision. The driver of the EMU train A Rajkumar jumped off the train seconds before the mishap.

It is worth mentioning that it is third biggest train mishap during the last two months. The first train mishap was reported in Kanpur on July 10, whereas second one was witnessed in Malda of West Bengal.

JPN/Bureau