23 killed in fire on train in southern India: TV
NEW DELHI (AFP) - A fire on an overnight train killed at least 23 people on Saturday in southern India as it ripped through a carriage packed with sleeping passengers, local television networks reported.
The express train was travelling from the southern city of Bangalore to Nanded when the fire broke out in an air-conditioned carriage around 3:00 am (5:30 am Singapore time), the NDTV and CNN-IBN networks said.
The local police chief confirmed to AFP that there had been fatalities and that rescue operations were under way but would not give a number of the dead.
Speaking to The Hindu newspaper from the scene of the fire, a local police inspector said that the driver had stopped the train when he saw flames around an hour from its destination.