One person died and 12 were injured after the last five coaches of a Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)-bound Kasara local derailed between Titwala and Ambivli railway stations on the Central Railway in Thane district Thursday afternoon. Of those injured, four were in a critical condition.
Following the accident around 2.50 pm, services between Titwala and Kasara were suspended. On the down-line, they were expected to resume by 11 pm Thursday, and on the up-line by 4 am Friday, railway officials said.
The deceased, identified as Dhaval Mayur Lodaya (18), was a resident of Ghatkopar. The injured were rushed to Railway Hospital in Kalyan, Fortis Hospital in Mulund, and civic-run Sion Hospital. Among the grievously injured was Railway Protection Force (RPF) guard R N Dubey. One person has been discharged. A compensation of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of the dead, Rs 15,000 to grievously injured and Rs 5,000 to persons who sustained simple injuries has been announced.
A Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) inquiry has been ordered into the accident. The coaches of the BHEL rake, which operates on dual current, were found uncoupled at the site. The coach reserved for women travelling second class uncoupled from the seventh coach.
According to senior railway officials, the motorman said he felt a sudden jerk before the accident. The guard’s statement is yet to be recorded.
A senior railway official said, “There could be issues with the maintenance, though the cause of the incident will be ascertained only after the CRS probe.” Mukesh Nigam, divisional railway manager, CR, said, “The guard is grievously injured. A passenger who was thrown out of the train succumbed to injuries.”Qitabuddin Khan (55), resident of Ulhasnagar, who was travelling in the last coach, said, “I felt a jerk, and then there was a lot of smoke. I could not see anything.”
An hour’s delay before an ambulance reached the spot cost Dhaval his life, his friends said. He boarded the train from Asangaon at 2.09 pm Thursday, with his college friends Karan Gajjar (18), Mandeep Rajgor (18) and Jay Lodaria (20), after visiting the Manas temple in Asangaon. “Our HSC exams got over on March 10. On Wednesday, we had also gone to Haji Ali,” said Rajgor, who studied with Lodaya in Somaiya college.
According to the post-mortem, Dhaval succumbed to head injuries. “We waited for an hour for medical aid. People clicked our pictures but nobody helped. We reached the hospital after almost two hours. It was too late by then,” Rajgor said. “I have not yet informed my wife. We will tell her only after taking his body back,” said Mayur Lodaya, Dhaval’s father. Dr S Narayani, facility director, Fortis hospital, said, “Three are critical and required surgical intervention. They sustained multiple fractures and head injuries. The other three are not as serious, but in a state of shock.”
With inputs from Rohit Alok