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Haryana: Front coach of 12312 Kalka Howrah Express catches fire near Kurukshetra, no casualties reported

The fire was reported at around 3:30 am and the fire engines were able to douse the fire after 04:30 am. Normal train movement has been restored on the route.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: November 27, 2018 10:59 IST
12312 Kalka Howrah Express (File Photo)

12312 Kalka Howrah Express (File Photo)

The front coach of the 12312 Kalka Howrah Express caught fire between Dhirpur to Dhoda Khedi Railway Station, near Kurukshetra on Tuesday morning. According to an official statement by the Indian Railways, all passengers were evacuated safely, and no casualties were reported. 

"Smoke filled the SLR bogie (Seating cum Luggage Rake), which is next to the engine. The train was brought to a halt and all the passengers were safely evacuated when smoke was noticed," the official said. 

"The bogie caught fire later and fire tenders were called. Three women and two children, who complained of difficulty in breathing as they had inhaled smoke, were provided medical attention," he added.

As per preliminary details, an electrical short circuit was believed to be the reason behind the fire, he said, adding that forensic experts had been called to ascertain the exact cause.

The train which had started from Kalka in Haryana in the early morning was headed to Howrah.

After the incident, the train was held up for more than two hours before the affected bogie was detached and placed about 50 to 60 metres away. Rail traffic on the route was also affected, he said.

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