Four passengers on the Kerala Express were reportedly killed due to extreme heat. While three of them breathed their last on the train Monday evening, the 4th passenger died at the railway hospital in Jhansi on Tuesday.
Railway sources said they were all returning home in Coimbatore from Agra. Their bodies will be handed over to their family members late Tuesday evening after post-mortem, it said.
The deceased, Bal Krishna Ramaswamy, 70, P Kamala, 76, Subbaraiyya, 80 and Dhiva Nai were part of a 67-member group travelling in coaches S-8 and S-9, said Manoj Kumar Singh, railway spokesman in Jhansi.
The deceased complained of uneasiness and went unconscious when the train was near Gwalior. The train ticket examiner (TTE) informed the Jhansi control room of their condition and requested medical assistance.
“A team of doctors examined them on board the train at Jhansi. Three of them had passed away by then and one passenger was rushed to hospital,” said Singh. He said the cause of death appeared to be heat.
Sub-inspector with Jhansi GRP, Vinay Sahu, who was among the first to respond to the distress call, said the passengers told him that the heat had become unbearable after the train left Agra and the elderly persons, who passed away, complained of breathlessness and uneasiness.
All other passengers except the family members of the deceased continued their journey. Railways have made arrangements to take the bodies to Coimbatore.