Two bogies of Secunderabad-Tirupati Padmavati Express were reduced to ashes after a fire broke out in them between Ulavapadu and Tettu stations around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. A major tragedy was averted by an alert pointman, who helped in bringing the train to a halt.
The pointman, who noticed the commotion in the bogies on the outskirts of Ulavapadu, telephoned the station master, who in turn alerted the guard over cell phone. The guard applied emergency brake and brought the train to a halt.
The passengers of the third air-conditioned bogie and general bogie saved their lives by jumping out minutes before the fire assumed alarming proportions.