Diesel tanker train catches fire; major tragedy averted

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Oct 2018 09:25:46


Staff Reporter,

Panic gripped passengers at Nagpur Railway Station when an oil tanker of a moving goods train caught fire in wee hours of Saturday.

However, timely response by Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in dousing flames averted a major tragedy. According to information, the goods train with 18 oil tankers was transporting diesel to Vijaywada from Bikaner. The train arrived the station at around 2.45 am on a track between Platform Nos. 1 and 2. Suddenly, one of the tankers caught fire due to spark in the Overhead Equipment (OHE). The OHE is an overhead electric cable which supplies power to the trains.

Sources informed ‘The Hitavada’ that the lid of one of the tankers was not closed properly hence, the diesel in the tanker caught fire after sparking in the OHE. On being alerted by Station Superintendent, loco pilot of the train applied brakes to halt the train immediately. On seeing flames billowing out of the tanker, passengers present at the Platform No. 1 started running helter-skelter.

Wasting no time, Railway officials alerted Fire and Emergency Department of NMC for help. A fire tender was rushed to the railway station to take fire fighting steps. The fire-fighters managed to douse the flames before the situation became dangerous. Power supply of OHE was shut down before the fire-fighters began the operation.A railway official said that the railway would conduct an inquiry to establish reason of fire on the running goods train. The train was moving from Bikaner to Vijaywada. The train runs on diesel locomotive till Nagda station. Here, the train stopped for over an hour to attach an electric locomotive.

“Someone could have stolen diesel from the tanker and left the lid open,” he said.  Immediately after the incident, the train was taken to Ajni Diesel Shed for investigation. The tanker was of HPCL, he added.