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Duronto Express derailed: Central Railways confirms no casualities, injuries reported

News Agencies | Updated on: 29 August 2017, 10:07 IST
Duronto Express derailed: Central Railways confirms no casualities, injuries reported

The Central Railways on Tuesday confirmed that no casualties or injuries have been reported after few coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near the Titwala station, a small town in Maharashtra's Kalyan.

"No causalities, no injuries have been reported as of now. The derailment has happened between Asangaon and Vasind station of the 12290 Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express. The engine and seven coaches have derailed," Central Railways's Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Sunil Udasi told ANI.

He also said that elaborate arrangement was made with the help of state government to ply passengers through buses from the accident sites to the CSMT.

"Senior officers including the GM immediately left for the site - within 15 minutes of receiving the information. The doctors have reached the site. We have made elaborate arrangements with the help of the state government to ply passengers through buses from the accident sites to the CSMT," he said.

He further said that only the suburban services between Kalyan and Kasara have been affected.

"The local services are normal. Only the suburban services between Kalyan and Kasara have been affected," he added.

The CPRO has further said that as many as nine coaches have been affected and prima facie, a major landslide is said to be the reason behind the derailment.

Meanwhile, four trains have been diverted due to the derailment via Kalyan-Lonavala-Pune-Daund-Manmad.

This is the fourth incident of train derailment within 10 days.

On August 25, a local train running on Mumbai's Harbour line derailed, while it was returning to the Mahim platform.

Saving the first four coaches, a technical fault caused the derailment of coaches six, seven, eight, and nine.

Five-six persons sustained minor injuries, but no case of casualties or major injuries were recorded.

On August 23, the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya district. As many as 81 people were injured.

On August 19, the Kalinga Utkal Express had also derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar killing 22 people and injuring over 200.

In the aftermath, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had offered to resign, taking moral responsibility for the accidents under his watch, but was asked by the Prime Minister to "wait".

-ANI

First published: 29 August 2017, 10:07 IST
 
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