Nine coaches of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derail

Asangaon: The engine and nine coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed between Vasind and Asangaon stations in Maharashtra early today following a landslide, a senior railway official said.
The accident took place at 6:36 am.
No passenger is reported to be injured in the incident so far, Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO of the Central Railway, said.
Udasi said the derailment was caused due to a landslide.
“The cause (of derailment) is sudden landslide due to heavy rains. But graciously enough, the driver did an excellent job of applying emergency breaks,” he said.
However, another railway official said the exact cause of the derailment was not yet clear.
“It is suspected that a portion of the tracks was washed away due to heavy rains in the Kasara Ghats section since there has been long spell of incessant and torrential rains since the past few days,” the official said.
The train had a total of 18 coaches.
Helpline numbers have been set up at CSMT, Thane, Kalyan, Dadar and Nagpur stations to help passengers. PTI