Mumbai’s Western line service halts as empty coach derails near lower parel


mumabi local trainMumbai’s local train service completely stopped between Churchgate and Dadar in the wee hours of Tuesday morning as an empty bogie of a long distance train derailed between Elphinstone and Lower Parel railway stations.

The incident happened when an empty train coach travelling from Parel workshop to the yard capsized onto the adjoining track. Although no injuries have been reported, but the derailment has affected thousands of daily commuters.

According to sources, the Western Railway (WR) has diverted the traffic from slow to fast track.

“After removal of the derailed coach, traffic on slow tracks would be restored before 12pm,” Mukul Jain, divisional railway manager, WR said. Re-railing of coach may take some time as a heavy-duty crane is required to lift the coach, he added.

According to railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s tweet, WR general manager was directed to restore the traffic as early as possible.