18 killed in western India as train derails

Police says relief and rescue operations underway, actual cause of derailment unknown

18 killed in western India as train derails

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 18 people were killed and over 80 injured when four bogies of a passenger train derailed on Sunday in Raigad district of western state of Maharashtra, India’s Central Railway authorities told reporters.

The incident occurred at 10 a.m. local time when the engine and four bogies of Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed outside a tunnel between Nagothane and Roha stations, 110 kilometers west of Mumbai, India’s financial capital.

Railway and police authorities told reporters that relief and rescue work was going on at the accident site and the actual cause of derailment was not known immediately.

Locals from nearby villages came to the rescue of many passengers before police and railway authorities reached the accident spot transporting the injured to a local hospital in Roha for medical aid.  

Central Railway has announced a compensation of $3,300 to the next kin of each killed and $850 to those who suffered grievous injury.

The train services were temporarily suspended in Konkan region of Raigad district following the mishap.

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