6 hospitalised as Kalka Mail catches fire

Kurukshetra, Nov 27: Six passengers were hospitalised after a coach of the Howrah-bound Kalka Mail caught fire near Kurukshetra in Haryana. 

“Fire broke out in front of the SLR (Seating cum Luggage Rake), next to the locomotive of Howrah-Kalka Mail between Dhirpur and Dhonda Khedi station around 2.55 a.m.,” Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar told IANS.

Following the blaze, the loco pilot immediately stopped the train and detached the particular bogie. This prevented the fire from spreading to other coaches. No one was injured, Kumar stated.

However, six passengers were admitted to hospital following the complaints of breathlessness.

The traffic on the route was affected for about an hour, later the train movement normalised.

The SLR coach passengers were shifted to other coaches as the train resumed its onward journey without the SLR.


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