Nine people were killed in a fire accident that broke out in the three-coaches of the Mumbai-Dehradun Express in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Western Railway officials suspect that a cigarette or some other inflammable material may have caused the blaze which ripped through the coaches. IndiaSpend decided to look up data from the Ministry of Statistics (MOSPI) to understand the extent of how many people have been injured or have lost their lives in railway accidents.

From our calculations, we found that more number of people have been injured in over a decade. Data from Mospi reveals that 47,760 people have been injured during 2002-2012 while 36,091 lives have been lost. The chart below gives the year-wise break-up of the two categories.