Rocks hit Hubballi Express in Lonavala, pilgrims injured


Vinod Jagdale, Maharashtra: In an incident that took place in Lonavala here on Monday, three passengers were injured when huge boulders came falling down and hit the Hubblalli Express. The incident took place at 6 in the morning. More details are awaited. 

The large rock came crashing on the train when it was moving at a restricted speed between Monkey Hill and Thakurwadi stations around 5.30 am, Central Railway's Chief PRO Sunil Udasi said.

The boulder pierced the roof of the train and fell in the middle of S6 coach injuring three passengers, he said. 

The injured persons were admitted to a railway hospital in neighbouring Thane district's Kalyan township. They were stated to be out of danger, Udasi said.

The railways will provide the best possible treatment and suitable compensation to the injured persons, he said. 

The mishap occurred in the Lonavla-Karjat ghat section, which is prone to landslides and falling of rocks during the monsoon season.

Senior officials of the Central Railway rushed to the spot to take stock of the incident.