Duranto train derails, no one seriously injured

Landslide behind derailment, says railways

GN Bureau | August 29, 2017


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(Photo courtesy: Rajendra B. Aklekar/Mid-Day)
(Photo courtesy: Rajendra B. Aklekar/Mid-Day)

An express train headed to Mumbai derailed on Tuesday. Railways said that no one sustained serious injuries.

The derailment took place barely six days after an express train derailed near Auraiya in UP and 23 passengers were killed in another derailment in Muzaffarnagar.
 
Nine coaches and the locomotive of Nagpur-Mumbai CST Duranto express derailed between Asangaon and Vasind stations, around 70 km from Mumbai on Tuesday morning. 
 
The railways attributed landslide as the reason behind the derailment as heavy rains washed away a section of the track. 
 
“A major accident was averted as the train was moving at a slow pace because of incessant rains in the region. Around 10 minutes back another train— Asansol Mumbai Express passed through the same stretch and after that the landslide occurred,” said a railway official.
 
According to railways, four AC three tier coaches, three AC two and one AC one and one SLR (seating cum luggage rake) coaches were derailed.
Ministry of railways’ twitter account stated that three accident relief medical vans from Kalyan were pressed into service. It also said that the general manager, divisional railway manager and other senior officials reached the site.
 
The derailment comes days after railway minister Suresh Prabhu offered to resign on August 23. Prabhu met prime minister Narendra Modi and tweeted: “Hon’ble PM has asked me to wait”, an indication that he wants to step down as the railway minister.
 
At least 23 passengers lost their lives and over 70 were injured after several coaches of Kalinga Utkal Express derailed near Khatauli, Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. It forced the railways to send its top three officials on leave and two days after this incident, chairman railway board AK Mital put in his papers.
 

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