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updated: 12/30/2013 8:44 AM

Fire on express train in India kills at least 15

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  • Policeman and firefighters search for victims of a train accident at Kothacheruvu, about 155 kilometers north of Bangalore, India.

      Policeman and firefighters search for victims of a train accident at Kothacheruvu, about 155 kilometers north of Bangalore, India.
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NEW DELHI -- Officials say a fire broke out on an express train in southern India and killed at least 15 passengers.

A spokesman for the railways, C.S. Gupta, said 67 passengers were in the train car when the fire started Saturday morning.

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The train in Andhra Pradesh state was brought to a halt and firefighters and medics have retrieved at least 15 bodies.

Gupta says most of those who died suffocated in the coaches that were filled with thick black smoke.

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