No fewer than 12 people died Friday morning after three coaches of an express train derailed in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, railway officials say.
Officials said about 150 people were injured.
Railway officials said the Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express left Bangalore a little after 06:00 local time [12:30GMT] and that the accident took place 90 minutes later.
Vinay, who works for an IT software company, told BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi: “I had dozed off when there was a sudden jerk and people started falling off,”
“I tried getting out through the emergency exit window, but there was a lot of smoke. So we jumped out of the train.”
The Indian Railways have also announced a compensation of $4,000 to the families of each deceased and $1,000 for those injured in the incident.