A dozen feared dead in Jharkhand train mishap

Bhubaneswar: At least a dozen passengers are feared dead in a major train mishap near Jamtara in neighbouring Jharkhand today.

A train ran over the passengers at Kalajharia railway station at Jamtara. Rescue and medical teams with ambulances rushed to the spot. At least a dozen passengers might have been killed in the mishap, said a source.

According to sources, an express train halted at Kalajharia after fire broke out in it in the evening. The panicked passengers jumped from the train to save their life. Another train passing through the station hit the passengers, sources said.

However, the Railways revealed that only two persons were killed in the mishap.

“Train no. 12254 (Anga Express) passing between Vidyasagar-Kasitar stopped due to chain pulling at 7 pm under Asansol Division of Eastern Railway. Two persons, who were walking on the track, were run over by a MEMU train at least 2 km away from the first train at 7.07 pm. The deceased are not passengers,” said the Railways in a statement.

The Railways also ruled out any incident of fire in Anga Express. “A three-member committee has been formed to investigate the incident,” it added.


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