25 dead, more than 100 injured in Myanmar train blast
In this Friday, Nov, 9, 2012 photo provided by Democratic Voice of Burma, a wreckage of a burnt down train is seen off a railway track near Chat-gyi train station in Chat-gyi, Myanmar's Sagaing state. (AP Photo/Democratic Voice of Burma)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, November 10, 2012 7:32AM EST
YANGON, Myanmar -- Authorities casualties from a fiery train accident in Myanmar are now 25 dead and more than 100 injured. Saturday's report raised the number of injured after one of the tanks burst into flames.
State television had said Friday that 64 people were injured in an explosion and fire after dozens of people rushed to skim fuel from a derailed tanker train's overturned carriages.
An official from the Myanma Railways department said Saturday that engineers are trying to clear the track to allow rail service to continue after Friday morning's accident near Kantbalu, about 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of Yangon.
The train was travelling from Yangon to the Kachin state capital of Myitkyina. The official refused to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the press.