August 2, 2015
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.