NEW DELHI — A passenger train traveling through the Western Ghats mountain range on a route connecting Mumbai and Goa in western India derailed today, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 125 others.
The train’s engine and four of its 20 passenger cars derailed after they emerged about 9:40 a.m. from a tunnel near the village of Nidi in the Raigad district, said Anil Kumar Saxena, a spokesman for Indian Railways. The cause of the derailment was under investigation, Saxena said.
At least 63 of the injured passengers were admitted to Raigad hospitals, and 13 others with serious injuries were sent to Mumbai for treatment, said Praveen Shinde, a senior civil servant of the Raigad district.
Buses took the remaining 1,000 passengers to their destinations, Shinde said. The train had scheduled stops between Khed and Sawantwadi.