Fire in Toofan Express, Alert driver averts major mishap


Kolkata: Eastern Railway officials on Monday said a major mishap was averted after the driver of the Udyan Abha Toofan Express train detected a fire in the parcel coach and immediately detached it from the other bogies of the train.

With only the parcel coach being affected, no casualties were reported to any passengers.

The coach was gutted in fire between Mugma and Thaparnagar stations of Asansol division of Eastern Railway, the official added.

The 13007 Up Udayan Abha Toofan Express was travelling from Howrah to Shri Ganganagar when the fire was detected at around 4:10 pm. Bidyut Mondol, the driver of the train spotted the fire and stopped the train after which he immediately started taking safety measures.

The affected parcel van was separated from the other compartments and the engine. A separate engine was called in to take back the train to Mugma, from where it will proceed to its destination after lines are cleared, the official added.

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