Four commuters who were travelling on the footboard of a Chennai suburban train were killed, and several others were injured on Tuesday, when they hit the concrete fence at St. Thomas Mount station .
The incident occurred at about 8:45 am when the Tirumalpur-bound slow train was heading towards the Platform number 3 of Thomas Mount station. Many commuters were travelling on the footboard of the overcrowded train during the rush hour. As the train approached the station, four people reportedly hit the concrete fence and many others fell on them.
While the four passengers died on the spot, one person died while being shifted to a nearby hospital. Two others have been admitted in Royepattah General Hospital and three have been admitted to Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital.
The train was reportedly running late by 15 minutes and this resulted in overcrowding. The slow train was made to ply on the express lane on Tuesday due to a signal failure in the Mambalam station.
Satish, a daily commuter who was in the last compartment of the train when the accident occurred, said passengers have been asking for the concrete fence to be removed since it is causing frequent accidents.
Two more people were reportedly hit in the same spot a few days ago, according to St. Thomas Mount station commuters.