At least 26 people died and nine others were injured Saturday when a train caught fire in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, railway officials said.
The fire broke out early Saturday on one of the cars when the train was traveling through the Anantapur district, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge told local media.
Two children were among those who died of smoke inhalation on board the train, the NDTV network reported, citing rail service spokesman CS Gupta.
Many of the 67 passengers riding in the car saved themselves by jumping off the moving train, the officials said.
Families of those killed will receive 500,000 rupees (some $8,110), while relatives of those who sustained serious injuries will get 100,000 rupees ($1,650), local authorities said.
Families of other people injured in the fire will be paid 50,000 rupees ($810), they added.
These types of accidents periodically occur on India's extensive railway network.
At least 35 people died and 25 others were injured in a July 2012 train fire, also in Andhra Pradesh, that was triggered by a short circuit on one of the cars. EFE