Monday 26 January 2015

Two children among 26 dead in Indian train fire

Published 28/12/2013 | 18:22

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim after a fire broke out on a train, at Kothacheruvu town in Anantapur district in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh December 28, 2013. At least 23 people were killed on Saturday when the fire broke out, authorities said, the cause of which is as yet undetermined. The train was on its way from the city of Bangalore to Nanded in Maharashtra. The driver stopped the train when he saw flames coming out of an air-conditioned coach, media reports said. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT) 
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim after a fire broke out on the train.

A fire engulfed two coaches of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, officials said.

Sixty-seven passengers were in the two cars when the fire broke out about one mile from the small town of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh state, said a spokesman for the railways, CS Gupta.

The train was brought to a halt and the two coaches were delinked from the rest of the cars to prevent the fire from spreading, Gupta said.

Firefighters put out the blaze and retrieved at least 26 bodies, including two children, said a railway official at the site of the fire.

More than a dozen people were taken to hospitals with injuries sustained when they jumped from the coaches, the official said.

Many bodies were found near jammed doors, he said.

Medical teams have carried out autopsies to identify the bodies.

The train was travelling from Bangalore to Nanded in the western state of Maharashtra.

Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said preliminary reports from the site indicated that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit. An investigation is under way.

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