Early on Tuesday, 9 coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near Maharashtra’s Asangaon, a senior Railway official said.
Sunil Udasi, chief PRO of the Central Railway said No passenger was reported to be injured in the incident.
Around 6:35 am, the accident took place near the Asangaon railway station. 6 coaches of the train jumped the tracks, another railway official said.
“Our rescue team is reaching at the spot along with the Accident Relief Train with engineering staff,” he also said 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 on war footing to reach out to the stranded passengers and offer relief and restore the railway traffic on the route.
He said further details are awaited.
Anil Saxena, Central Railway spokesperspon said Preliminary reports of derailment said 7 coaches, but latest update says the engine and 9 coaches derailed.
“At least 6 coaches along with the engine slipped out of the tracks. We could not understand what happened. Few people were stuck in the toilet and were rescued by fellow travellers breaking glasses of the windows,” Justin Rao, an eye witness, said.
He said the continous rains increased their difficulties as no relief team could reach them even after 90 minutes of the incident.
This is the 3rd derailment incident in the country in a span of 10 days.
On 19th August, 14 coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express jumped the tracks with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district, claiming 23 lives and over 60 injured.
On 25th August, 6 coaches of the Andheri-bound local train derailed in Mumbai, injuring 6 of its passengers.