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Maharashtra: Death toll climbs to 21 in train derailment

Raigad (Maharashtra): The toll in Maharashtra train derailment Sunday climbed to 21 after three more passengers died on Monday, officials said.

Raigad police official PK Patil said the deaths were reported from different hospitals where the victims were undergoing treatment.

Nearly 120 injured passengers were admitted to hospitals in Nagothane, Roha and Alibaug, while the serious ones were shifted to Mumbai.

 Maharashtra: Death toll climbs to 21 in train derailment

Rescuers and police stand next to damaged coaches of a passenger train after it derailed near Nidi village. Reuters

The passenger and goods train traffic on the Konkan Railway network which was paralysed after the accident has been restored. Officials said the line was functional here at 5 a.m. Monday.

Several trains were allowed to proceed after an 18-hour delay.

The accident took place Sunday at 9.40 a.m. when the engine and four bogies of the crowded Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed near Nagothane, around 100 km south of Mumbai.

A senior railway official said preliminary examination point at the possibility of a rail fracture which led to the derailment.

The railway ministry also announced that Commissioner for Railway Safety Chetan Bakshi will conduct a probe into the incident.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will visit the accident site and also the victims in hospitals here Monday morning, an aide said.

IANS

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Updated Date: May 05, 2014 10:53:06 IST