Train engine catches fire, no injuries

The engine of a Hoshiarpur-bound DMU train carrying caught fire on Jalandhar-Amritsar railway section but a disaster was averted.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2011, 00:08 AM IST

Kapurthala (Punjab): The engine of a
Hoshiarpur-bound Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train carrying 500
passengers caught fire on Jalandhar-Amritsar railway section
of Punjab on Saturday but a disaster was averted as the driver
stopped the locomotive as soon as he spotted the flames.
"The alert driver brought the train to a halt immediately
after the fire broke out near village Jairampur and nearly 500
passengers disembarked from the train," a railway spokesman
said.

No loss of life or injuries have been reported, he said
adding rail traffic on the section remained disrupted for
two hours following the incident.
The train was going from Amritsar to Hoshiarpur via
Jalandhar, when the fire broke out.

Fire tenders from Kapurthala and Jagatjit Industries,
Hamira, took over an hour to extinguish the flames, the
spokesman said.

The engine was at the back of the train and was badly
damaged, he said.

A railway engineer, who visited the spot, told media
persons that short circuit was the cause of the fire.

PTI