The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K.Mital, Director General, Railway Health Services, Dr..M.K.Budhalakoti and senior officials from Railway Board rushed to the accident site immediately. Senior railway officials from South Western Railways were also immediately reached at the accident site to ensure speedy rescue and relief operation. Prima-facie cause of the derailment was a boulder on the track. Shri Suresh Prabhu has expressed his profound grief over the loss of innocent lives. He has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2/- lakh to the next kin of the dead, Rs. 50,000/- each to grievously injured passengers and Rs. 20,000 to those who sustained simple injuries. Shri Suresh Prabhu has given instructions to Railway officials to ensure effective and best medical treatment of the injured passengers.
Relief arrangements were quickly initiated and an Accident Relief Medical Van/Bangalore was ordered at 07.45 A.M. and reached at site at 9.08 A.M. The second Accident Relief Medical Van/Erode ordered at 8.00 A.M and reached at the site at 9.20 A.M.
Helpline numbers are – at site 0948090599, & 08022371166, 09731666751 at Bangalore for information and assistance.
An inquiry has been ordered by Railways under Commissioner Railway Safety, Sothern Circle, to ascertain the cause of the accident.