Around 125 passengers of 12553 up Vaishali Express had a miraculous escape when one of its sleeper compartments caught fire at the Muzaffarpur railway station, around 70 kms north of Patna on Tuesday morning.
The train from Barauni to New Delhi was delayed by around two hours due to the fire, as passengers panicked and deserted the affected compartment (S2). There was no report of casualty.
"I smelt something burning after the train left Narayanpur Anant railway station. I tried to locate where the odour was coming from but could not. The train had just reached Muzaffarpur, when I heard some people shouting that a bogie had caught fire," said Sanjay Kumar, a passenger, who boarded the train at the Barauni station.
A technical railway staff, requesting anonymity, said the problem was with the bogie’s brake drum, which had got stuck. It took an hour to repair it, he added.
“After passing the starter signal, the guard reported smoke from coach S2. The coach was detached immediately and corrective measures were taken,” said chief public relations officer (CPRO) of the east central railway (ECR).