One killed, 14 hurt as local train derails; traffic disrupted
One person was killed and 14 others were injured after six coaches of a suburban train derailed near Titwala in Thane district, railway authorities
Mumbai: One person was killed today and 14 others were injured, five of them seriously, when five coaches of a suburban train derailed near Titwala in neighbouring Thane district, affecting rail traffic.
“Six coaches of N-18 (Kasara-CST) local derailed between Titwala and Ambivli stations (61-km from CST) at 2.30 PM today, resulting in the death of one person and grievous injuries to 14 including the guard,” a statement from the Central Railway said.
The deceased has been identified as Dhawal Mayur Lodha (25). Of the total 9 injured, four persons have been admitted to a private hospital while four are undergoing treatment at the Railway hospital in Kalyan, it said.
One person was discharged after primary medical aid.
The derailment of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-bound local train threw traffic on the Central line out of gear.
Rail traffic on the up and down lines between Kalyan and Titwala has been suspended due to the accident, Railways said.
A break-down train and medical van have reached the accident site with senior officials as efforts are underway to restore traffic flow in the affected section, the statement added.
Railways has announced an ex-gratia of 50,000 to the next of kin of deceased, Rs 15,000 to grievously injured and Rs 5,000 to those suffering simple injuries.
The Kalyan-Kasara rail segment, on which the accident occurred is a very busy route which connects the financial capital of Mumbai with the northern and eastern cities of the country.
Meanwhile, the Central Railway has diverted the route of 11 long-distance trains besides rescheduling the departure of one train in the wake of the accident.
The 11401 Mumbai-Nagpur Nandigram Exprss, 12109 Mumbai-Manmad Panchvati Express, Mumbai-Gondia Vidarbha Express and 12289 Mumbai-Nagpur Duranto Express are being operated via Kalyan-Pune-Daund-Manmand route while 12261 Mumbai-Howrah Duranto Express and 12137 Mumbai-Firozpur Punjab Mail have been diverted to Vasai Road-Jalgaon-Bhusaval route, the Railway informed.
Similarly, trains which have been diverted to Mnmand-Daund-Pune-Kalyan route are: 17618 Hazur Sahib Nanded-Mumbai Tapovan Express, 15018 Gorakhpur-LTT Express via Allahabad, 12533 Lucknow-Mumbai Pushpak Express and 15648 Guwahati-LTT Express via Malda Town.
The 01052 Gorakhpur-LTT Special has also been running via Jalgaon-Surat-Vasai Road, the Railways said.
Besides, the 22101 LTT-Manmad Rajya Rani Express has been rescheduled at 23.25 pm while 51154 Bhusaval-Mumbai passenger was short terminated at Igatpuri.