Three Railways personnels were killed when an engine of the Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express caught fire after hitting a maintenance tower car in Odisha’s Rayagada district Tuesday.
The three Railways staff were engaged in the maintenance tower car between Singapur Road and Keutaguda junctions when the incident took place.
A maintenance tower car is used for inspection and maintenance of overhead electric transmission equipment of routes that are electrified.
The incident triggered after the engine, the front guard-cum-luggage van and a general second class coach of 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Express got derailed upon hitting the tower car engaged in some work, spokesperson for the East Coast Railway JP Mishra said.
The engine caught fire and was detached from the rake, he said. The train and passengers remained unharmed, but three staff engaged in the tower car died, the spokesperson added.
The Railways ordered an enquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Kolkata.
The station masters on duty at Keutguda and Singapur Road have been placed under suspension.
Fire brigade and ambulance were sent to the site and senior officers from Visakhapatnam also rushed in. Passengers were transported by private busses to to Jagdalpur junction.
Source : Various