3 killed as Samaleswari Express catches fire

The Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express caught fire between Singapur Road and Keutaguda after hitting a maintenance tower car in Odisha’s Rayagada district on Tuesday. Three Railway personnel, who were engaged in the maintenance tower car, were killed in the accident.

As per the reports, the accident took place when the engine, the front guard-cum-luggage van and a general second class coach of the train got derailed after hitter the tower car.

“The engine caught fire and was detached from the rake,” said East Coast Railway (ECoR) spokesperson J P Mishra. “The train and passengers remained unharmed, but three staff engaged in the tower car died,” added Mishra.

Meanwhile, the Railways have ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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