A woman is consoled near train, which was stopped after the
driver saw the fire. REUTERS/Stringer
At least 23 people were killed on Saturday in a fire on a
train in southern India, authorities said.
The train was on its way from the city of Bangalore to Nanded
in the western state of Maharashtra. The driver stopped the
train when he saw flames coming out of an air-conditioned
coach, media reports said.
"The fire has now been brought under control but there are
casualties ... the authorities have gone inside the coach,"
Arunendra Kumar, the chairman of India's Railway Board, told
He said 23 bodies had been found.
The cause was not immediately known.
Trains are the main means of travel for most people making
long journeys in India and the system carries 18 million
people a day. However, the railways have been plagued for
decades by low investment, a patchy safety record and
Several were injured in the fire, media said. The Hindu
newspaper said 40 people managed to escape the coach that
caught fire in the early hours.