At this stage the cause of the explosion is being officially attributed to “brake failure” on the train.
Citing railways sources, the newspaper said, “While the oil tankers entered Langrangajao tunnel after crossing the Jatinga station, a huge exploding sound ripped through the tunnel. Fire caught three oil tankers at first and subsequently engulfed the remaining tankers. Of the tankers, 16 were kerosene, three HSD and another tanker motor-spirit.”
According to the reports, the fire spread quickly and has engulfed the surrounding jungle area. The authorities have reacted quickly with emergency services already battling the blaze and dispensing medical help. Security troops are also keeping a watch over the accident site.
Although the unnamed Deputy Commissioner and SP of NC Hills has put the blame for the incident on a failure with the train’s brakes, other sources claim the explosion was the work of an extremist group. Both civil and railway officials are currently investigating the matter.