EMU tragedy at St Thomas Mount: Toll rises to 5 as 18-year-old dies

Teen’s condition was critical as both legs were amputated.

Published: 28th July 2018 05:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2018 06:50 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Eighteen-year-old Sreevatsan, who had both his legs amputated after he was injured in the St Thomas Mount railway station accident on July 24, succumbed to injuries on Thursday night, taking the death toll to five.

“We initially revived him from the shock, but it was a massive crush injury,” said a senior doctor at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General  Hospital. Despite the blood and muscle loss, doctors managed to revive him due to acute critical care management, but his condition quickly went downhill, the doctor said.

“Crush injuries sometimes have delayed reactions."

His condition had been critical right from the beginning. We were only hoping against all odds that he may turn around,” the doctor said.Other than Sreevatsan, four youth travelling on the footboard of a EMU
train died after they dashed against a wall at the station and were run over.

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  • Chandra Shekhar A K

    Railway authorities who are responsible for (a) having walls built at hitting range of moving trains changing tracks from EMU lines to long-distance lines or vice versa, and (b) allowing EMU trains to shift from EMU lines to long-distance lines thereby exposing the unwarned passengers to hit the walls and get injured or succumb to the hits should be tried and punished for their acts of commission and omission that have caused the large-scale injuries and deaths to passengers who were forced to overcrowd the fewer trains that plied after several trains were cancelled during peak timings of scheduled trains.
    5 months ago reply
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