Eight people have died and scores of others have been injured in a train incident in India’s Andhra Pradesh, after a group of passengers leapt from another train, an official said.
The victims were crossing railway tracks after rushing off another train following word that a fire had spread in their coach, said the top elected official of Andhra Pradesh state, M. Kiran Kumar, on Saturday.
As their train came to a stop, the passengers jumped onto the nearby track and were immediately struck by an oncoming train from the opposite direction, Kumar added.
The incident marks the latest rail incident in India, where rail accidents are very common. Most crashes are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.
On August 19, an express train ran over 35 pilgrims crossing railroad tracks at a remote station in the state of Bihar.
In 2012, Indian officials said that more than 1,200 people had died in train accidents in the country over the past five years.
India’s worst rail accident was in 1981, when a train plunged into a river in the eastern state of Bihar, killing an estimated 800 people.
The country’s railway network is one of the world’s largest, transporting some 18 million people a day on its aging trains.