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5 bogies of Chennai-Hyderabad Express gutted

August 20, 2006 15:10 IST

Passengers of Chennai-Hyderabad Express train had a miraculous escape from jaws of death as five bogies of the train caught fire near Secunderabad railway station soon after they disembarked at the station on Sunday morning.

Train No 2753 from Chennai arrived at Secunderabad railway station at 6.05 am, almost an hour behind schedule. Railway authorities informed the passengers bound for Hyderabad that due to late running of other trains, the Chennai-Hyderabad Express will reach Nampally (Hyderabad) railway station one to one and a half hours late. Thus, all the 1,800 passengers, including 300 bound for Hyderabad, disembarked at Secunderabad railway station.

"The train then left for Hyderabad after it got clearance at 7.30 am. As it covered a little distance from the platform, smoke started emanating from one of the bogies—S-9

coach. Soon, due to the morning breeze, four other coaches caught fire. The guard noticed the fire and the train was stopped and the affected bogies were detached. The accident occurred around 7.30 am and 7.45 am," South Central Railway spokesman Michael Fredericks told

"The five bogies were totally gutted even as fire fighting personnel tried to put out the fire. There are no casualties and no injuries to anyone and there is no loss to properties of passengers since the entire train was empty. The loss to the railways may be around Rs 1 crore," the SCR spokesman added.

SCR General Manager D N Mathur and other top officials rushed to the station and inspected the bogies. Railway safety officials and forensic experts were probing the cause of the fire accident.

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad