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Blog Entry# 949565
Posted: Dec 29 2013 (17:39)

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Dec 29 2013 (08:44)   Train blaze in Andhra kills 26 in their sleep

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Entry# 949565   News Entry# 162013         Tags   Past Edits
AC Coach Gutted,Short-Circuit May
Be Behind Tragedy
Chethan Kumar TNN
Kothacheruvu (Anantapur
district): At least 26 passengers
charred to death and 15
injured when a fire ripped
through an AC coach of the
Bangalore-Nanded Express early
on Saturday in the district,about
158km from Bangalore.The
fire,suspected to have started
with a short circuit,gutted an
AC-3-tier coach.
The fire could have spread to the
other bogies had the driver not
separated B1 coach from others
after stopping the train near
Kothacheruvu station.This helped
38 people escape the burning
compartment,though some
suffered injuries.
The train had left Bangalore
around 10.45pm on Friday and
the fire was noticed in B-1 coach
around 3.15am when it was
crossing Puttaparthi.Passengers
pulled the chain frantically.
The train did not stop
immediately.The driver stopped
the train a few metres before
Kothacheruvu after he noticed
the chain being pulled
repeatedly, said Sharanabasava,a
passenger who lost his wife and
another family member.
By 3.30am,smoke had engulfed
the entire B1 compartment,killing
26 passengers,including 12
women and two children.Many
died of suffocation as
unbreakable window panes
turned the burning bogie into a
death chamber.Only nine bodies
had been identified till late in the
evening.Fire extinguishers or
other safety mechanisms could
not be accessed,sources
said.Rescue workers pulled out
the charred bodies after the fire
was doused by 5am.At
6.45am,the train resumed its
journey without the B1 coach.
In the afternoon,some
traumatized survivors,who didnt
want to continue their
journey,were sent back to
Bangalore,Belgaum and
elsewhere by bus.The charred
bodies were sent to Victoria
Hospital,Bangalore,for DNA
tests.Railway minister Mallikarjun
Kharge,who rushed to the
spot,said the railway safety
commissioner would probe the
cause of fire.

Dec 29 2013 (17:39)
Sirajudeen   42 blog posts
Re# 949565-1            Tags   Past Edits
I dont understand why most of the train mishaps are happening in AP...Are they Accidents or reported as accidents....


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