Bus catches fire in AP, 45 Dead
Bus Catches Fire In Andhra Pradesh 45 Dead, Bus Caught Fire In Mahabubnagar, Volvo Bus Catches Fire. Forty passengers burnt alive when a bus caught fire in Mahabubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh early Wednesday, police said.
Hyderabad: As many as 45 passengers were burnt alive early Wednesday when a bus caught fire in Andhra Pradesh's Mahabubnagar district, police said.
A private bus coming to Hyderabad from Bangalore caught fire after hitting a culvert around 5.20 a.m. near Palem in Kottakota mandal of Mahabubnagar district, about 150 km from here.
Seven passengers, including the driver and a cleaner, managed to escape. They were shifted to a hospital.
Flames engulfed the bus within no time as the diesel tanker burst after hitting the culvert, a police official said quoting eye witnesses.
There was no clarity yet on the exact number of passengers onboard the ill-fated bus. The police said 45 people were killed and seven were injured, but according to driver, the Volvo air-conditioned bus, belonging to Jabbar Travels, was carrying 49 passengers.
Superintendent of Police Nagendra Kumar, who visited the spot, said a list of only 29 passengers was received from the private bus operator. Other passengers are believed have boarded the bus at Hindupur and Anantapur.
The passengers were asleep when the accident took place, leaving no time for them to escape. The victims were charred beyond recognition.
People from nearby village said the bus was reduced to ashes within few minutes.