Four coaches and an engine of the Patna-Mokama passenger train caught fire on the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The incident happened around 1 am when railway staff spotted the fire in one of the coaches. The train reached Mokam railway station at 10:30 pm.
The train was stationed at Mokama railway yard, 90 Kilometers east of Patna when the incident occurred. The railways employees, local GRP and RPF rushed to the spot to contain the fire but unfortunately, the fire spread to other coaches being completely gutted.
The railways spokesperson said the fire did not hamper the daily train services in the sector. The Divisional Railway Manager is currently assessing the situation. He also said the fire has been brought under control and there had luckily been no casualties. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani told Press Trust of India that train accidents had decreased by 40-45%. With hope to reduce them even further, Mr. Lohani stated that the prime focus this year was to address safety, maintenance and cleanliness of trains and railway premises.