Officials today gave information that nine coaches of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near Asangaon in Maharashtra’s Thane district around 6:40 am today. However, no casualties or injuries were reported.
Top Central Railway officials are rushing to the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said. Central Railway tweeted that no injuries were reported and the passengers were being taken to safety. Visuals showed passengers making their way out of the coaches themselves. Electric supply was shut off to prevent any loss of lives.
Officials said the suburban local train services of the Central Railway in Mumbai and Thane were affected due to the derailment, hitting morning peak hours and commuter traffic. Local train services between Mumbai CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) and Kalyan remain unaffected, said the railway official.
The exact cause of the derailment is not yet clear. However, sources say that a portion of the tracks were breached due to landslide after heavy rains in the Kasara Ghats section in the last three days.
This is the third major incident of derailment in the past two weeks and the second affecting the Mumbai suburban sector in three days. On August 23, Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh injuring over 100 people. At least 23 people were killed and over 72 injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express ran off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh on August 20.