Nashik: At least 3 persons were killed and 31 others injured in a collision between a local train and Vidarbha Express near Khardi station near here on Mumbai-Kasara route on Thursday night.
     
The mishap took place after 11 bogeys of an EMU train from Kasara going to Kalyan derailed possibly due to landslide, Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal said in New Delhi.

12 trains cancelled, many diverted

The derailed EMU coaches blocked the adjacent track on which the Vidarbha Express, going from Mumbai to Gondia, came from the opposite direction and collided with EMU bogeys at around 2130 hours, he said.
     
The driver of the Vidarbha Express noticed the obstructions on the track and applied emergency brake and as a result two of its coaches S9 and S10 jumped off the line, causing the collision with the derailed coaches, he said. A medical team has reached the accident site.
     
A statement from Central Railway said the mishap took place between Kasara and Umbermali on Kalyan Igatpuri section of Mumbai division.

At present, suburban services and long-distance trains are being operated only till Asangaon on the CST-Satara section and efforts were on to clear the tracks. Early morning commuters to Mumbai faced problems on account of train delays and cancellations of services.

Railway Minister Mukul Roy on early Friday announced a compensation of Rs.5 lakh for the dead passenger, identified as Shakeela Qureshi, Rs.1 lakh to four seriously injured and Rs.25,000 each to 10 others who sustained minor injuries.

The railways will bear the medical expenses of the victims, four of whom are admitted to a private hospital in Nashik and the remaining 10 in a Kasara hospital, the railways said.

Incessant heavy rains in the Thane-Raigad belt were hampering the rescue and relief operations which are likely to continue till late Friday.

Helpline Number 022-22694040 (Mumbai), 10720 (Nagpur) has been provided for those seeking the information about the mishap, the statement added.

According to Central Railway sources, heavy rains had made rescue work difficult.

(JPN/Agencies)

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