The derailed EMU coaches blocked the adjacent track on which the Vidarbha Express, going from Mumbai to Gondia, came from the opposite direction and collided with EMU bogeys around 2130 hours, he said. The driver of the Vidarbha Express noticed the obstructions on the track and applied emergency brake and as a result two of its coaches S9 and S10 jumped off the line, causing the collision with the derailed coaches, he said.
A medical team has reached the accident site. Mittal said the Commissioner of Safety (Railways) would conduct an inquiry into the incident. Railway Minister Mukul Roy announced an exgratia of Rs five lakh for next of kin of the dead, Rs 1 lakh for seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who suffered simple injuries.
A statement from Central Railway said the mishap took place between Kasara and Umbermali on Kalyan Igatpuri section of Mumbai division. Helpline Number 022-22694040 (Mumbai), 10720 (Nagpur) has been provided for those seeking information about the mishap, the statement added.