3 Dead As Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleshwari Express Derails

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Howrah: Three Railways personnel were killed when the engine of the Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express caught fire after hitting a maintenance tower car in Odisha’s Rayagada district Tuesday, officials said.

All three deceased were engaged in the maintenance tower car when the accident took place between Singapur Road and Keutaguda, East Coast Railway (ECoR) spokesperson JP Mishra said.

A maintenance tower car is used for inspection and maintenance of overhead electric transmission equipment of routes that are electrified. The incident happened 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, 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.