NEW DELHI: A passenger train derailed in western India yesterday, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 130 as rescue workers raced to free those still trapped, a police official said.
The train’s engine and four of its carriages jumped the tracks 110 kilometres south of Mumbai, police control room official Ramchandra Kamre said in Raigad district, where the accident occurred.
Rescuers were trying to pull out passengers still trapped in overturned carriages, with cranes and teams of workers at the site.
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge ordered an investigation into the accident, which occurred in the mid-morning as the train was travelling from Diwa on the outskirts of Mumbai to the city of Sawantwadi in Maharashtra, close to the beach resort state of Goa. The exact cause of the accident was not yet known.
Police in Raigad said last night that 19 people were killed and 132 injured.