Jaipur: "Get out of the train, there's a fire… we'll die." Ved Prakash (35) who was travelling from Delhi to Ajmer on the New Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi Express jumped in his seat when he heard the frantic yelling of passengers in the next coach.
The New Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi Express crossed Bhakri (six km from Dausa) at 9.40 am on Sunday. Just 15 minutes later, sparks were flying off the engine and thick, black smoke started billowing from the running train.
Recounting the entire episode he said, "the train stopped all of a sudden, with a huge jerk. We could only see villagers running towards the train with buckets of water."
Then someone in the back started shouting that the engine had caught fire and that our lives were in danger, he said. Vikas (24) also going to Ajmer said, "My mind started spinning with the images of train tragedies in past like the Kalka Mail derailment a few months ago, where several passengers has died."
However, a major tragedy was averted as the alert driver stopped the train and immediately informed railway officials. A fire tender from Dausa was rushed to the spot. Villagers in the area also helped passengers out of the bogies.
Residents of Bhakri, Khorra and Kaluta villages tried to douse the fire with water. A fire ender from Dausa brought the situation under control.
North Western Railway (NWR) spokesman Lalit Bohra, called the accident an engine failure and blamed it for the smoke.