Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:49:34 GMT | By IANS

One killed in Maharashtra train accident, probe ordered

A 65-year-old woman has been killed, while 14 others have been injured after the speeding Vidarbha Express rammed into 11 derailed coaches of a Mumbai suburban train in Maharashtra's Thane district late Thursday. A probe has been ordered, officials said here Friday.

One killed in Maharashtra train accident, probe ordered

Even as relief work was going on in full swing under the supervision of senior officials at the scene of the double accident between Kasara and Umbermali, normal operations have been severely hit on the Central Railway suburban and long-distance network.

The accident occurred around 9.15 p.m., when a coach of the Kasara-CST suburban local train derailed and fell across the parallel railway line owing to heavy rains and a landslide in the area, a Central Railway official said.

Barely two-three minutes later, the speeding 12105 Mumbai-Gondia Vidarbha Express from the opposite direction (on the adjacent line) rammed into the derailed bogies scattered on its route towards Kasara.

As a result, the engine of the express train derailed and tracks were blocked from both the sides, hampering services.

The commissioner of railway safety will probe the accident, the official added.

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