Nellore, July 30 (): The Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express bound to Chennai caught fire near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, in which 32 people were killed and several others were injured.
The fire broke out after a sleeper Coach S-11, of the Delhi-Chennai of the Tamil Nadu Express came under fire near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, said official sources.
“The train came to a halt after an official at a railroad station at Nellore noticed the fire,” said B Sridha, District Collector of Hyderabad. The fire was believed to be caught following a short-circuit near a toilet of the coach in the wee hours at 4:28 am.
A total of nearly thirty–two people were reported to be dead and twenty-two were said to be injured in the accident. The injured have been rushed to the Nellore civic hospital, said the railway officials. Maximum number of passengers were said to be sleeping at the time the fire broke out.
“I saw smoke coming out of the coach, but before I raised an alarm the damage was done, some jumped out of the train in panic. The fire spread in a second leading to casualties,” said as passenger from S-10 coach.
Police said that it will be difficult to recognize the dead as most of the bodies were charred badly. ‘ We are waiting for the relatives to claim the body,’ said a police official.
According to an earlier report, as the doors of the coach were jammed, many people especially women and elders found it difficult to jump out from the train, fell unconscious and were burnt to death.
A mother clutching her little kid when she could not escape the fire was also in the victims’ list. Seventeen people from Delhi and eleven from Bhopal were also travelling in the ill-fated coach.
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has expressed deep shock to the victims who were caught in the fire. Mr Reddy will leave for Nellore to take stock of the situation.
The S-11 coach that was under fire was detached and the train started its onward journey to Chennai, said a latest report.