Indian train fire near Mumbai kills nine

The train reportedly caught fire as it was travelling to the northern city of Dehradun, due to causes yet unknown.

Indian train fire near Mumbai kills nine

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least nine people died and four people were injured on Wednesday when a train caught fire in India, officials said.

The fire broke out in a second-class coach at 2:30 a.m. local time and spread to two other coaches on the Dehradun Express, as it was moving through the western state of Maharashtra to the northern city of Dehradun.

Authorities are trying to determine the exact cause of the fire, which turned three wagons into ashes.

India’s railway ministry promised to give around $8,000 in compensation to the families of those killed aboard the train.

The railroad system is the most common transport in India and one of the largest railway networks in the world. Accidents are common because of poor maintenance on India’s railroads, which transported over 25 million people on a daily basis in 2012.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ocak 2014, 11:30