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PHOTOS: 17 killed after train derails in Maharashtra's Raigad

Last updated on: May 04, 2014 21:11 IST

17 killed, 120 hurt after train derails in Maharashtra's Raigad

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At least 17 people were killed and 120 injured when a passenger train derailed on Konkan Railway route in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Sunday.

The accident occurred just outside a tunnel near Nidi village, when the engine and four out of 20 bogies of Diwa-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed around 10 am between Nagothane and Roha railway stations, about 120 km from Mumbai.

Rescue operations were going on, the police said, adding that workers were trying to extricate people trapped under bogies that overturned after derailment.

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Image: Locals gather around the derailed Diwa-Sawantwadi passenger train
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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According to Raigad police control room, 12 passengers were killed and 30 injured in the mishap, which occurred in a remote area. However, a railway spokesperson put the death toll at nine.

Ten bodies have been sent to Nagothane primary health centre for postmortem. The bodies are yet to be identified. Two bodies have been taken to government hospital at Roha for autopsy, police said.

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Image: Four bogies of the train along with the engine derailed on Sunday
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Following the mishap, services on Konkan Railway route were suspended. Last month too, a goods train derailed on the route, affecting services.

The injured passengers are being rushed to Roha for medical treatment, police said.

Railways ordered an inquiry and Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for those killed in the accident, Rs 50,000 for the grievously hurt and Rs 10,000 for passengers who suffered minor injuries.

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Image: Services pm the Konkan railway route have been hit
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said Chetan Bakshi, commissioner, railway safety, will conduct the inquiry and has rushed to the site.

The chairman along with advisor, health, B B Agarawal are also visiting the accident site.

Railways has also started two helpline-- Thane -- 022-25334840 and Panwel--022-27468.


Image: Rescue operations are on near the Nidi village in Maharashtra
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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