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Two coaches of Telangana Express catch fire in Faridabad

Two coaches of the Hyderabad-New Delhi Telangana Express engulfed in smoke after a major fire at Asaoti station in Palwal district of Haryana, on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Two coaches of the Hyderabad-New Delhi Telangana Express engulfed in smoke after a major fire at Asaoti station in Palwal district of Haryana, on Thursday, August 29, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

No casualties; flames were noticed after the brake binding of the Hyderabad-New Delhi train

Two coaches of the Hyderabad-New Delhi Telangana Express caught fire near Asaoti railway station in Haryana’s Faridabad on Thursday. However, no casualties were reported.

The fire was noticed after the brake binding of the New Delhi-bound train (Train No. 12723) at 7.43 a.m. and it spread to the coaches. The train stopped between Asaoti and Ballabgarh railway stations due to flames and heavy smoke emanating from the wheels of the ninth coach from the rear.

“Following the incident, both upward and downward movements of the trains were stopped on the track. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Both the coaches were isolated. The fire was controlled. All the passengers were safe,” said Deepak Kumar, Chief PRO, Northern Railway.

The movement on the upline was resumed at 10.13 a.m. while the downline was opened to traffic an hour later. The front portion of the train arrived at New Delhi railway station around noon.

Mr. Kumar said that it was not immediately known as to what caused the fire and the matter was under investigation.

One of the two coaches was gutted in the fire. The passengers in the two coaches had a narrow escape since most of them were awake when the fire broke out.

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