Fourteen people were killed and 34 injured on Sunday (20 April) in a train accident in southern India.
SV PAN TO GV Sign near Tiruvannamalai reading "Turinjee River" PAN ACROSS TO Railway coach hanging over side of bridge (3 shots)
GV Scattered debris after crash
SV TILT UP TO GVs From wreckage to workers on bridge moving rail lines (2 shots)
GV & SVs Wreckage of train carriages (3 shots)
GV PAN Workers on top of bridge
GV Crash area and people working clear wreckage
GV & SVs INTERIOR Injured lying on beds in hospital (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Nurse giving blood transfusion and young child sitting with injured mother (2 shots)
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Background: Fourteen people were killed and 34 injured on Sunday (20 April) in a train accident in southern India. The disaster happened at Tiruvannamalai near Madras in Tamil Nadu state when three of the train's eight coaches crashed from a bridge on to a dry river bed.
SYNOPSIS: The train was derailed as it was crossing the bridge over the Thuringi River two hundred kilometres (about 125 miles) south west of Madras. Reports said that after the locomotive and the next two bogies had passed over the bridge, the third bogie derailed. In the impact three coaches overturned and fell into the river bed with their passengers. The near bogie broke in two and one part fell into the river while the other hung precariously from the bridge.
Teams of doctors rushed to the scene of the accident from Madras. Government hospital doctors as well as railway medical officers from nearby Tirukoilur and Tiruvannamalai also were quickly at the scene. Sabotage was sent to the area to investigate the cause of the derailment. The injured guard of the ill-fated train walked two kilometres (more than one miles) to the nearest station to report the accident.
Most of the injured people were taken by ambulance to the Tiruvannamalai government hospital where two of them died. In another tragedy in India that day, 17 soldiers were killed and 30 injured when a makeshift cinema hall collapsed after a landslide in the northern state of Sikkim. Details weren't immediately available as the incident took place in the restricted area closed to civilians.