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Nine coaches of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derail, no injuries to any passengers
Mumbai, August 29, 2017
Nine coaches and the engine of the 12290 Duronto Express from Nagpur to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai derailed between Vasind and Asangaon in Maharashtra this morning but none of the passengers was injured, official sources said.
The derailment occurred around 6 am, Central Railway spokesman Sunil Udasi told NetIndian. "No one has been reported injured so far," he said.
Mr. Udasi said doctors, officers and staff from nearby stations had rushed to the site, about 80 km from Mumbai, and the General Manager and other senior officers of Central Railway had left for the scene.
"We are arranging buses to bring passengers to their destination," he said.
The train had left Nagpur around 2040 hours last night and was due to reach CSMT, Mumbai at 0755 hours today.
According to Central Railway sources, apart from the engine, the coaches which derailed were the first to the ninth from the engine: SLR, H/1, A/1, A/2, A/3, B/1, B/2, B/3 and B/4.
Following the mishap, the Railways have diverted, short-terminated and cancelled some trains on the route.
The Central Railway has set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
Nasik Road 0253-2467863
This is the fourth derailment on the Indian Railways in the past ten days. On August 19, at least 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh.
On August 23, at least 43 passengers suffered injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing.
On August 25, five passengers suffered minor injuries when the four front coaches of a local train from Andheri to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) derailed in the railway yard near Mahim South in Mumbai.
After the accidents involving the Utkal Express and the Kaifiyat Express, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 23 and offered to resign, taking full moral responsibility for them. Mr. Modi, however, asked him to wait.
Later that day, the Government accepted the resignation of Railway Board Chairman A. K. Mital and appointed Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani, an officer of the 1980 batch of the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), as his successor.
On August 20, the day after the Utkal Express accident, the Ministry of Railways suspended four officials and sent three top officials, incuding Railway Board Member Engineering Aditya Mittal, on leave.
Based on prima facie evidence, the Junior Engineer (Permanent Way), the Senior Section Engineer (PW) and the Assistant Engineer of the concerned section as well as the Senior Divisional Engineer (II), Delhi Division of Northern Railway had been placed under suspension.
Apart from Mr. Mittal, a Secretary-level officer, the General Manager (GM) of Northern Railway, Mr. R. N. Kulshreshtha, and the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Delhi Division, Northern Railway, Mr. R. N. singh, had been sent on leave. The Chief Track Engineer of Northern Railway has been transferred.
Mr. M. C. Chauhan, General Manager, North Central Railway, will look after the duties of the post of General Manager, Northern Railway, while Mr. Anshul Gupta, Executive Director (Telecom Development), Railway Board has been temporarily posted as DRM, Delhi Division.