Chennai: Two passengers were killed and fifty others injured when a train derailed at Sitheri near Arakkonam this morning, railway sources said.

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Nine coaches of the Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur Express bound for Yesvantpur derailed at about 0550 hours, they said.

Two passengers were killed in the mishap, while the injured were admitted to the hospitals by the rescue teams of the Southern Railway, they added.

In the wake of the incident, the rail traffic on Arakkonam junction has been affected, sources said.

Earlier in 2011, nine people were killed when Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) train rammed into the Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger from behind as it was waiting for a signal at Sitheri Station.

A team of Railway officials from Chennai have reached the accident site and held preliminary enquiries on the cause of the mishap, railway sources said. The Southern Railway cancelled seven trains including Bangalore-bound Brindavan Express, Duranto Express between Chennai-Coimbatore and Kovai Express.

The West Coast Express, Coimbatore Inter-City Express and Chennai-Tiruvananthapuram mail have also been cancelled, they said. A Southern Railway press release later said 11 trains had been fully cancelled, three partially cancelled, four trains diverted, and five trains regulated.

Trains fully cancelled are the Chennai Central-Coimbatore-Chennai Kovai Expresses, Chennai Central- Bangalore-Chennai Central Brindavan Express, Chennai Central- Coimbatore-Chennai Central Duronto express, the Chennai Central-Mangalore West Coast Express, Chennai Central-Bangalore Express, Chennai Central-Coimbatore Intercity Express, Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Express and Chennai Central-Bangalore Lalbaugh Express.

The release said the Bangalore-Chennai central Lalbaugh Express is cancelled between Katpadi and Chennai Central, the Coimbatore-Chennai Central Intercity Express canclled between Salem and Chennai Central and Jolarpettai-Arakkonam Express cancelled between Wallajah Road and Arakkonam.<\p>

Major track tragedies in past one decade
May 22, 2012: At least 25 people were killed when the Banglore-bound Hampi Express collided with a stationary goods train in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district
July 7, 2011: At least 31 people were killed and 17 injured when a train hit a bus carrying 80 passengers at an unmanned crossing
19 July, 2010: Speeding Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express rammed into the Vananchal Express in West Bengal's Birbhum district killing 63 people and injuring 165 others
May 28, 2010: Gyaneshwari Express was derailed by Naxals killing at least 148 people
December 1, 2006: A portion of 150-year-old bridge being dismantled collapsed over a passing train in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, killing 35 and injuring 17
November 9, 2006: About 40 died and 15 injured in a West Bengal rail accident
February 27, 2004: 30 people were killed when Guwahati-bound Kanchenjunga Express rammed into a truck at an unmanned level-crossing in West Bengal's Dinajpur district
June 22, 2003: 53 people, including three children, were killed and 25 injured when three coaches of Karwar-Mumbai Central Holiday Special train derailed.
May 15, 2003: A burst stove caused a devastating fire that sweeped through a speeding passenger train in Punjab, killing 40 people and injuring more than 50.

The diverted trains are Guwahati-Bangalore and Chennai Central-Sainagar Shirdi Express, which would be diverted via Renigunta and Pakala,Bilaspur-Tirunelveli, Howrah-Yeshwantpur Duronto Express, which will be diverted via Katpadi, Ernakulam Guwahati Express, which will be diverted via Katpadi and Patna Bangalore Express, which will be diverted via Gudalur.

Regulated trains include the Madurai-Chennai Central express at Mahendravadi, Mangalore-Chennai Central Express at Wallajah Road, Tirupattur-Chennai Central Express at Katpadi, Thiruvananthapuram Central-Chennai Central Express at Gudiyattam and Bangalore-Chennai Central Shatabdi Express at Katpadi.

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