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Maharashtra Train Crash Kills 17, Injures 89

Train crash indiaDiva-Sawantwadi Road passenger train derailed on Sunday morning at 9:40 a.m, between Roha and Nagothane stations in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India.

The train, fully packed with passengers, left Diwa near Mumbai at 6:25 a.m and reached Nagothane at 9.25a.m. After about 15 minutes, its engine and four coaches derailed, resulting in seventeen fatalities and 89 injuries. Thirty-four of the 89 injured are reported to be in serious condition.

The accident happened outside a tunnel near Nidi village. The villagers rushed to the spot to save the passengers, as the spot was not easily accessible for rescue teams.

The Primary Health Care Centre at Nagothane and the Roha Rural Hospital could not accommodate all the injured, therefore most of the injured had to be transferred to Mumbai, 136km away.

The train traffic on Konkan and Central rail network was diverted, cancelled or terminated ahead of destination.

State Home Minister R.R. Patil said that the families of the deceased and injured will be compensated by the State government. He promptly arrived on spot to ensure that the rescue and relief operation is conducted properly.

The Railway Ministry has directed the Commissioner of Safety to submit a report on the accident within a month. Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has also announced payment of Rs 200,000 to the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured, and Rs 10,000 to the persons with minor injuries.