At least 23 people, including two children have died in a train fire in southern India.
The ‘Nanded Express’ was en-route to Bangalore when a carriage caught light …. train staff were able to segregate the coach and prevented the blaze spreading.
Ravi Kumar was one of the passengers on board the train:
“The fire broke out at 3:15 am. Two three people sitting in the corner seats got off the train, and saw flames emerging from one of the carriages. They alerted everyone and we got down from the train.”
Thick fog and smoke hampered rescue operations.
Police said many of the deaths were as a result of smoke inhalation.
India’s Prime Minister has expressed his ‘shock and grief at the loss of life’.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
An investigation has been launched.