In a distressing turn of events, the serene journey of Train No. 02570, the Humsafar Express, en route from New Delhi to Darbhanga, was marred by a fire incident. The chaos unfolded near Sarai Bhupat Railway Station in Etawah when an explosion in a cylinder sparked a blaze within Coach S-1.
The railway authorities immediately sprang into action, swiftly halting rail traffic in the vicinity to address the alarming situation and prioritize the safety of passengers and staff onboard.
Initial reports from Etawah indicate that the fire resulted in injuries to at least 8 passengers, promptly attended to by being shifted to nearby hospitals for urgent medical care.
Shocking eyewitness accounts detailed by India Today suggest that amidst the chaos, several passengers resorted to jumping off the train as flames engulfed the compartment. Reports further highlight that the train was overcrowded, accommodating more passengers than its intended capacity.
The incident serves as a grave reminder of safety protocols and raises concerns over adherence to passenger capacity limits for secure and risk-free travel aboard trains.