About 6 coaches and the engine of Nagpur-Mumbai Doronto Express derailed near Asangaon in Maharashtra’s Thane district. The fateful incident took place at about 6:40am today.

Fortunately, there have been no casualties or injuries reported, Central Railway tweeted confirming this.

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani confirmed that top Central Railway officials have been at the spot inspecting and supervising relief and rescue operations. Moreover, electric supply was shut off to prevent any loss of lives.

Besides, the suburban local train services of the Central Railway in Mumbai and Thane were affected and slowed down due to the derailment. The worst affected is the morning peak hours’ commuter traffic. Although, local train services between Mumbai CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) and Kalyan are functional as scheduled.

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The exact cause of the derailment is not clear yet, but it is suspected that a portion of the tracks were breached due to heavy rains in the Kasara Ghats section in the last three days.

Additionally, this is the third major incident of derailment in the past two weeks in the country

The first train derailment came to light was that of Utkal Express, that ran off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh on 20th August. At least 23 people were killed and over 72 injured after 14 coaches derailed.

The second incident affected the Kaifiyat Express, which derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh again, injuring over 100 people.

On August 23, Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh injuring over 100 people.

For smooth rescue and relief, other long distance trains have been diverted and cancelled.