December 20, 2014
NEW DELHI (AP) - A fire broke out on an express train in southern India early Saturday and killed at least 23 passengers, officials said.
A spokesman for the railways, C.S. Gupta, said 67 passengers were in the train car when the fire started Saturday morning.
The train in Andhra Pradesh state was brought to a halt and firefighters and medics have retrieved at least 15 bodies.
Gupta says most of those who died suffocated in the coaches that were filled with thick black smoke.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.