Kishanganj: One person was killed as at
least 19 oil tankers of a goods train caught fire while two
others derailed at Chanmana village between Aluabari and
Mangurjaan railway stations in Bihar`s Kishanganj district
ADG (Railways) SK Bhardwaj said the goods train was on
its way to Tatanagar in Jharkhand from Rangapara in Assam when
the oil tankers derailed and caught fire at Chamanna on the
New Jalpaiguri-Katihar section of Northeast Frontier Railway.
One of the burning oil tankers trailed from the track and
fell on a villager working in the fields nearby, who was
charred to death. The deceased has been identified as
26-year-old Moti ur Rehman.
Kishanganj District Magistrate Sandip Kumar Pudkalkatti
said fire tenders were rushed in from neighbouring Islampur in
West Bengal to fight the blaze.
He said 24 oil tankers were detached from the rear of
the train and taken to Mangurjan station, while three others
from the engine were taken to Aluabari.
While the exact reason of the derailment was yet to be
known, Railway sources estimate the damage to be to the tune
of Rs 10 crore.
Official sources said fire tenders were also rushed in
from Purnia and Kishanganj and engaged to control the fire.
Train services between New Jalpaiguri to Aluabari
stations on the section have been affected, the sources added.