Dehradun Express catches fire; 9 dead
At least nine people were killed when the Mumbai-Dehradun Express caught fire near Dahanu Road railway station in Maharashtra's Thane district early Wednesday.
According to reports, around 2.30 am a fire broke out in the train, which was on its way from Mumbai's Bandra to Dehradun in Uttarakhand. The flames engulfed three coaches of the train.
Of the nine deceased, there was a woman and four men. The rest bodies are yet to be identified.
"The death toll unlikely to rise. We still don't know the cause of the fire. The Railway Minister has ordered an inquiry," said Railway Board Chairperson Arunendra Kumar.
A compensation of Rs 5 lakh has been announced for the families of those dead.
"A compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be paid to families of the dead, Rs 1 lakh to those seriously injured and Rs 50,000 to the ones who have suffered minor injuries," he said.
Western Railway PRO Sharat Chandrayan told reporters, "All passengers have been evacuated from the three coaches that caught fire and have been shifted to the front bogies."
"The train left for Dehradun at 5 am," Chandrayan said.
The exact cause of the fire is still unknown.
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(Posted on 08-01-2014)