Four coaches of Patna-Mokama passenger train completely gutted in fire

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.

According to sources, at the time of the incident, the train was supposed to be moved to the yard for cleaning.

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.

Speed engulfs life of six students

Six college students from Pune lost their lives in a car accident today, on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway early this morning. A black colored Maruti Suzuki Ciaz while returning back to Pune stroked through an unidentified vehicle and rolled over before it came still upside down.

According to the eyewitnesses the driver of the car was driving rashly while overtaking in the wrong lane. Five of the students died on the spot while one was taken to Lokmanya Hospital at Nigdi, Pune in a critical condition where he surrendered to death.

The mishap occurred at the Kamshet tunnel. An accidental report has been  filed in the Kamshet police station. The students are identified as Aditya Bhandarkar, Abishek Rai, Umesh Patil, Akshay Bhilare, Jokim Samuel and Sarang Chirale, reported TOI.

Around 14,500 such accidents have taken place in 94-kilometer stretch of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway since its opening in 2002. Earlier this month, a Bajaj executive and his spouse lost their lives in one such expressway accident.