Anantapur: An AC coach of the Bangalore-Nanded express caught fire early on Saturday morning near Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh resulting in the death of at least 26 people and injuring 12 others.
"There is a possibility that the number of the casualties may go up a little more," Additional Divisional Railway Manager Sunanda Arun said.
The incident took place early in the morning around 3:15 am. 54 passengers are expected to be on board in the B1 compartment of the train which has been completely gutted in the fire.
The train was on its way from Bangalore to Nanded in Maharashtra. The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Fire tenders have reached the spot to bring the situation control. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals.
Authorities are trying to take the stranded passengers to Puttaparthi.
Railway Minister Mallikaarjun Kharge called the incident tragic and unfortunate and expressed his condolences for the family of the bereaved passengers.
The helpline numbers are:
For Bangalore: 080-22354108, 22259271, 22156554,
For Puttaparthi: 08555-280125
For Hyderabad: 040- 23310680