Gowtami Express Fire Incident : 15 Killed
- 15 killed in Andhra Pradesh train inferno
Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 08:21
New Delhi: Three passengers, including two women, were killed when a
fire broke out in a train in Waranagal district of Andhra Pradesh
early this morning.
The incident occurred at 0105 hrs (IST) when Gautami Express was
crossing a forest area between Tallapusalapalli and Mehboobabad
stations in the Waranagal district, about 250 kms from state capital
The fire broke out in S-9, one of the sleeper coaches, of the
Secunderabad-Kakinada Gouthami express and soon spread to four other
coaches, railway officials and police said.
The cause of the fire is not clear yet. "The fire broke in one of
the sleeper coaches of the Secunderabad-Kakinada Gautami express
near Mehboobabad early this morning and soon spread to other
coaches," South Central Railway spokesman P Krishnaiah was quoted as
saying by news agencies.
SP, Warangal, V C Sajjanar said investigation is on and all the
injured people been shifted to Warangal hospital.
"We have called in forensic experts to determine the cause of fire.
The major cause of death appears to be asphyxiation,:" Sajjanar told
"The rescue teams from Secunderabad, Kazipet and Vijaywada were
immediately rushed to the spot and burning coaches were detached
from the train," Krishnaiah said.
Andhra Pradesh minister G Surya Rao, who was also travelling in the
ill-fated train was safe, officials said.
Following the accident, several trains on Hyderabad-Vijaywada
section were cancelled while some others diverted.
Gautami Express runs between Kakinara and Sikandrabad. The fire has
been brought under control.
13 killed as train catches fire in Andhra Pradesh
Thirteen people were charred to death early on Friday when four
coaches of a passenger train caught fire in Andhra Pradesh's
"The death toll may rise," said a railway official, adding that the
reason for the blaze was yet to be confirmed.
The train was going from Secunderabad to Kakinada when the fire
started in Mehboobabad, about 250 km from Hyderabad.
Gautami express catches fire in Andhra, 13 killed
Friday, August 01, 2008, (Hyderabad)
Thirteen passengers were killed when a fire broke out in Gautami
express in Waranagal district of Andhra Pradesh early on Friday
"The fire broke in one of the sleeper coaches of the Secunderabad-
Kakinada Gautami express near Mehboobabad early on Friday morning,"
railway officials said.
Five coaches of the train caught fire. Injured have been admitted in
a hospital at Warangal.
The train was on its way from Secundarabad to Kakinada when the fire
broke out in one of the coaches. But it soon spread to for other
coaches. The cause of the fire is not known.
The train has resumed its journey and is running five hours late.