Pollachi/Palakkad: Seven coaches of Tirunelveli-Pune special train derailed between Pollachi and Meenakshipuram at around 9.50 pm on Tuesday after hitting a tree fallen on the track.

No casualties were reported in the incident. The train left Pollachi at around 9.13 pm. As the train approached Soybean company at Valakkombu, it hit the fallen tree. The engine and seven coaches derailed in the impact.

The passengers in these coaches were shifted to other coaches and a special train and a medical team from Shornur were called in for rescue operation.

The traffic will only be restored after removing the tree and the derailed coaches from the tracks.

A helpline centre has been opened at Palakkad Division headquarters: 0491-2556198, 2555231