There was a sudden ball of fire in the train as it moved at its normal speed with most of the passengers asleep, recounts a woman travelling on the Delhi-Attari special train which was hit by suspected IED blast near Panipat.
A Saharanpur resident, Zubaida, who was going to Karachi in Pakistan, said that around midnight there was noise and shouts of fire from the passengers.
"Initially I and other passengers failed to understand as to what had happened," she said at the railway station in Ambala where the train made a special halt.
Zubaida, who was travelling in the three-tier sleeper bogie adjacent to the one which was burnt said, "after seeing outside I and other passengers found that the bogies behind ours were on fire".
"Immediately, there was panic among the passengers who started running for safety.There was total chaos in the train," she added.
"I fell down as all the passengers were in a hurry to run to safety to other bogies. In the process I injured my leg," Zubaida, who is continuing her journey to Karachi, said.