Coach of Madurai Express derails at Khandala: No casualties, trains cancelled

Coach of Madurai Express derails at Khandala: No casualties, trains cancelled
Visuals of Madurai Express, which derailed at Khandala station earlier today (Picture Courtesy: Rajendra B. Aklekar)

A sleeper class coach of Madurai Express derailed at Khandala railway station on the Mumbai-Pune route during the wee hours of Friday. Khandala railway station is located 123 km from Mumbai.

While the coach was completely damaged during the mishap, no casualties were reported. However, several trains were cancelled or diverted following the mishap.

“The incident occurred at 2.44 am when seating-cum-luggage rake (SLR) of 11043 LTT-Madurai Express derailed while entering platform number 1 of Khandala station. Since the train was moving at a very low speed, no passenger was injured,” a senior official of the Central Railway (CR) was quoted as saying.

“Soon after the derailment, an accident relief train (ART) was pressed into service. The express train resumed its journey around 6 am,” he added.

The passengers of the affected coach were shifted to the adjoining coaches and after the train reached Pune, a replacement coach was attached. The train departed from Pune at 8 am, the official added.

“Owing to the derailment, four trains were cancelled today,” Sunil Udasi, chief spokesperson of CR said.

Cancelled Trains:

A) 51317/51318 Karjat-Pune-Karjat Passenger
B) 12127/12128 CSMT-Pune-CSMT Intercity Express
C) 11010/11009 Pune-CSMT-Pune Sinhagad Express
D) 12126/12125 Pune-CSMT-Pune Pragati Express

Diverted Train:

A) 11025 Bhusaval-Pune Express via Manmad-Daund

The cause of the derailment will be ascertained after an inquiry.

The incident comes days after a portion of the road-over-bridge near Andheri station collapsed following heavy rainfall. The mishap affected services on the Western line and left at least six persons injured.

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