Duronto Express Derails in Maharashtra, No Casualties Reported

Because of the incessant rains, it was difficult for rescue teams to get to stranded passengers.

Six coaches of the Duronto Express derailed on Tuesday morning. Credit: Twitter/ANI

Six coaches of the Duronto Express derailed on Tuesday morning. Credit: Twitter/ANI

Mumbai: Six coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto express derailed near Maharashtra’s Asangaon early today, a senior railway official said.

No passenger was reported to be injured in the incident, Sunil Udasi, chief PRO of the central railways, said.

The accident took place around 6:35 am near the Asangaon railway station. Six coaches of the train jumped the tracks, another railway official said.

“Our rescue team along with the Accident Relief Train with engineering staff reached the spot,” he said, adding that traffic on the route is affected due to the derailment.

The official said a team of doctors has reached the spot and they are working to reach out to the stranded passengers and offer relief and restore the railway traffic on the route.

He said further details are awaited.

Central Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena also said that no casualty or injury has been reported in the incident.

However, an eyewitness travelling on the train claimed some passengers suffered minor injuries.

“At least six coaches along with the engine slipped out of the tracks. We could not understand what happened. Few people were stuck in the washrooms and were rescued by fellow travellers breaking the windows,” Justin Rao, the eyewitness, said.

He said the incessant rains increased their difficulties as no relief team could reach them even one and a half hours after the incident.

This is the third train derailment incident in the country in a a period of ten days.

Fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express jumped the tracks on August 19, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, claiming 23 lives and injuring over 60.

On August 25, six coaches of an Andheri-bound local train derailed in Mumbai, injuring six of its passengers.

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