Singapur (Odisha): Four railway employees including the driver of the Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleshwari express have been killed after the train hit a tower car engaged in repair work, between Singapur Road and Keutguda, and the engine caught fire.

The engine, front guard-cum-luggage van, and one general second class coach got derailed in the accident.

While the train passengers have not been affected by the fire, the driver along with three other railway employees died in the accident.

The three employees have been identified as Sagar, senior section engineer, Gouri Naidu, technician, and senior railway officer Suresh.

The engine that caught fire has been detached from the train.

Fire tenders are currently engaged to douse the flames and an ambulance has also arrived at the spot. The detached train will return to Rayagada railway station, with the help of the rear engine.

According to Railways sources, two station masters on duty at Keutagada and Singapur has been placed under suspension.