Samaleswari Express Derails After Hitting Tower Car; Engine Catches Fire

Rayagada: the engine, front Guard cum Luggage Van and One General Second Class Coach of Howrah-Jagadalpur Samaleswari Express (18005) got derailed between Singapur Road & Keutguda stations after hitting a Tower Car engaged in working in that section. The engine also caught fire after it hit with the tower car and later it was detached from the Samaleswari rake. The ncident occurred near Rayagada area at about 1630 hours today. The burnt engine has been separated from the train.

According to the railways only the engine of the train has been affected and the fire brigade was called to douse the fire. But news channels are reporting that the driver of the train might have died or absconded from the accident spot.

Senior officials from Visakhapatnam have already left for the site for rescue operations. Further reports awaited.

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