HYDERABAD, India (November 2, 2013) A train struck and killed eight people Saturday in southern India, authorities say.
M. Kiran Kumar, the top elected official of Andhra Pradesh state, said the eight victims were crossing the tracks on foot when the train hit them.
Initial reports indicated the victims had gotten off another train that they stopped by pulling the emergency chain, fearing a fire in their coach.
Kumar said that as their train came to a halt, they jumped onto the adjacent track and were struck by a train coming from the opposite direction.
The accident happened in Vijainagaram district, about 500 miles northeast of Hyderabad, the state capital.
Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world's largest networks that serves more than 18.5 million passengers a day.