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Odisha: Three Killed As Samaleswari Express Catches Fire After Colliding With Tower Car


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25 June 2019

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty


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Rayagada: Three railway personnel were killed following a major fire in Howarh-Jagadalpur Samaleswari Express at Rayagada on Tuesday. The incident occurred at around 4 pm in between Singapur and Keutguda stations.

The mishap was an outcome of a collision of the train with a tower car which was engaged in inspection in that railway section. The deceased have been identified as Senior Section Engineer (Electrical), Sagar, Technician (Electrical), Gouri Naidu and Technician Maintenance (Tower Car), Suresh.

At least six passengers have sustained burn injuries in the mishap. Fire Services personnel are engaged in the fire fighting as the engine, front guard cum luggage van and one second class coach of the train are in flames.

A press note issued by the East Coast Railway stated, “Senior officers from Visakhapatnam have been rushed to the spot and station masters on duty at Keutuguda and Singapur road have been placed under suspension.”

The Station Masters who have been placed under suspension are: S Topo of Keutguda Station, Jai Prasad of Singapur Road A-Cabin and B Pradhan of Singapur Road station.

"An enquiry has been ordered by the Commissioner of Railway Safety. The matter has been taken up very seriously and the Railway Board has been apprised about it," the ECoR note stated.

The detached train with 148 passengers on board returned back to Rayagada at 6:22 pm. Another Engine was attached to the rear of the Samaleswari train to Rayagada. For conveyance of the stranded passengers, the ECoR arranged two buses which headed to Jagdalpur and Koraput respectively.

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Pramod Kumar Behera, Collector, Rayagada

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Dr Sarvana Vivek M, SP, Rayagada