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A total of 9 coaches along with the engine of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed in Maharashtra's Thane district near Asangaon around 6:40 AM on Tuesday. No casualties or injuries have been reported in the incident.
Although initial reports said that 7 coaches of the Duronto Express had derailed, Central Railway Chief PRO Sunil Udasi later confirmed that the engine and 9 coaches derailed, adding that as per latest reports no casualties or injuries have taken place in the incident.
Following the derailment, electric supply was cut off to prevent any loss of life. In a series of visuals that were released after the derailment, the passengers were making their way out of the coaches themselves.
Meanwhile, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said that top Central Railway officials are rushing to the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations.
Due to the derailment, suburban local train services of the Central Railway in Mumbai and Thane have been affected, said officials, adding that local trains between Mumbai CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) and Kalyan remained unaffected.
The exact cause of the derailment has not yet been identified, however, officials suspect that a portion of the tracks was breached due to heavy rains in the Kasara Ghats over the past few days.
The derailment of the Duronto marks the fourth such incident in the past fortnight. On August 25, 6 coaches of a local Mumbai train derailed on Harbour Line near Mahim station injuring 5 passengers.
On August 23, 10 coaches of the Kaifiyat Express derailed in UP's Auraiya district injuring over 100 people, while on August 20, the derailment of 14 coaches of the Utkal Express in Muzzafarnagar led to the death of 23 people injuring 72 others.