At least three people died and another 70 were injured in a collision between a suburban local and an outstation train on the outskirts of the city, at Kasara, around 120km from Mumbai, on Thursday night. At the time of going to press, the police were still rescuing passengers trapped in the coaches.
The accident took place when a Vidarbha-bound train ran into four coaches of a Kasara-CST local that had derailed two to three minutes earlier. The crash severely damaged the first two coaches of the derailed train and also derailed the engine of the Mumbai-Gondia Vidarbha Express.
The incident took place around 9.30pm between Kasara and Umbermali stations on the Central Railway (CR).
“The four coaches of the local train had derailed because of a landslide. They came in the way of the Vidarbha-bound train, which was coming from the opposite side,” said Vinit Kumar, deputy general manager and public information officer, CR.
It has been raining incessantly in and around Mumbai since the past 24 hours. Medical and rescue operations are underway, Kumar said.
However, rain, darkness and the lack of a road access to the accident spot are hindering rescue operations.
Railway authorities said that seconds before the crash, the driver of Vidarbha Express applied the emergency brakes to stop the train, but owing to weather conditions and momentum, the train dragged along, hitting the first two coaches of the local train.