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  • Over 40 passengers charred to death as bus travelling from Bangalore to Hyderabad catches fire; helplines open

    Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013, 9:07 IST | Place: Hyderabad | Agency: IANS
    The Volvo, belonging to Jabbar Travels, was carrying 48 passengers; the remaining 43 passengers were feared killed in the mishap.
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    Forty passengers burnt alive when a bus caught fire in Mahabubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh early Wednesday, police said.
    A private bus coming to Hyderabad from Bangalore caught fire after hitting a culvert near Palem in Mahabubnagar district around 5.20 am.
    Seven passengers, including the driver and a cleaner, managed to escape. They were shifted to a hospital.
    The Volvo, belonging to Jabbar Travels, was carrying 49 passengers. The passengers were asleep when the bus hit the culvert and its diesel tank burst. People from nearby village said the bus was reduced to ashes within few minutes. The victims were charred beyond recognition.
    Mahabubnagar District Collector M Girija Shankar said five passengers were undergoing treatment at a hospital at Vanaparti.
    He along with Superintendent of Police Nagendra Kumar visited the scene. They said a list of only 29 passengers was received from the private bus travels. Other passengers boarded the bus enroute.
    The bus left Bangalore at 10 pm on Tuesday and was scheduled to reach Hyderabad at 6.30 am.
    Helpline opened for Andhra bus fire
    Mahabubnagar district police in Andhra Pradesh have opened a helpline to provide information about the mishap in which 40 passengers of a private bus coming to Hyderabad from Bangalore were killed after the bus caught fire early Wednesday.
    Following are the helpline numbers: 9494600100, 08542-245927, 245930, 245932.








    Rescue operations underway at the bus accident site near Kothakota in Mahabubnagar district on Wednesday. 44 passengers were charred to death when a private bus went up in flames after hitting a culvert.The HinduRescue operations underway at the bus accident site near Kothakota in Mahabubnagar district on Wednesday. 44 passengers were charred to death when a private bus went up in flames after hitting a culvert.
  • The ill-fated bus which caught fire at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Photo: TV grab/Mohammed Yousuf
    The ill-fated bus which caught fire at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Photo: TV grab/Mohammed Yousuf
  • The ill-fated bus which caught fire at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Photo: TV grab/Mohammed Yousuf
    The ill-fated bus which caught fire at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Photo: TV grab/Mohammed Yousuf
  • The charred remains of the ill-fated bus at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Photo: TV grab/Mohammed Yousuf
    The charred remains of the ill-fated bus at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Photo: TV grab/Mohammed Yousuf
Forty-four passengers were charred to death in an accident near Kothakota in Mahabubnagar district, 130 km from Hyderabad, when a private passenger bus from Bangalore went in flames in the early hours on Wednesday.
The Volvo bus operated by Jabbar Travels was on its way to Hyderabad with carrying of 51 passengers, including two crew members. Five passengers, the driver and another crew member escaped from the inferno while the rest were charred to death
The bodies were burnt beyond recognition and it proved a daunting task for the officials to extricate them from the bus. They were exploring the possibility of conducting DNA tests on the bodies to establish the identity.
Fuel leak caused fire?
Police inferred from the evidences available on the spot that the vehicle hit a culvert while overtaking a car impacting the fuel tank on the right side. The tank burst into flames and soon engulfed the entire bus leaving no chance for the inmates to escape.
All the passengers rushed to the rear part of the bus indicating that the flames started in the front and spread to the back.
But, they could not succeed in creating an opening due to exhaustion caused by shortage of oxygen and pungent fumes from the burning air-conditioners.
The officials collected the list of 33 passengers who reserved their seats at the originating point in Bangalore. But some passengers boarded at different places and there is no record of their identity.
One passenger managed to escape from the inferno but collapsed and died next to the door. Andhra Pradesh Minister for Information D.K. Aruna, who hails from Mahabubnagar, reached the spot and supervised the rescue operations along with
Collector Girija Sankar and SP Nagendra Kumar. TDP leader Nara Lokesh also visited the place.
Our Bangalore bureau:
Authorities of Volvo Buses said they are awaiting the results of a “full investigation” by authorities into the accident involving one of its buses in an accident in Mahbubnagar district early on Wednesday morning.
Sohanjeet Randhawa, Head of Marketing, Volvo Buses India, told The Hindu that the “tragic accident” involving the multi-axle vehicle, which is typically configured to carry a passenger load of up to 50 persons, is being “studied” from all angles by the company. “Our team has already landed at the accident spot, and we are still in the process of gathering all the relevant information” Mr. Randhawa said.
Asked if the results of the investigations could have a bearing on the design of the buses, Mr. Randhawa said a comprehensive investigation would look at all possible causes of the accident, including road design and other factors. The investigations may take one or two weeks, he said.
The 44 passengers who boarded the ill-fated bound for Hyderabad from picked-up from 10 places in Bangalore on Tuesday night.
Representatives of Jabbar Travels, the private bus service whose bus was involved in a horrific accident near Kothakota village of Mahabubnagar district early Wednesday morning, said the bus departed from the travel agency's office around 10.30 pm before picking passengers from different points in the city including Mekhri Circle and Hebbal.
Five passengers besides bus driver Firoz and cleaner Faiyaz managed to jump out of the burning bus, said the police in Bangalore.
Two passengers on board the bus have been identified as Venkatesh, President of Chiranjeevi Fans Association in Bangalore, and his relative Anitha. A resident of Chamarajpet in Bangalore he had left for Hyderabad to invite relatives for his niece's marriage.
Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the mishap involving Jabbar Travels took place around 5.20 am and added that he had directed the Bangalore police to collect all details of the deceased.
Mr. Reddy said the police has also been directed to check the documents of the vehicle and the permits. Jabbar Travels representative Shakeel said the bus involved in the mishap was a multi-axle Volvo bus and added that the agency possessed all necessary documents and valid permits. The travel agency representatives were also leaving for the accident site, he said.
It is unlikely that the government would pay the compensation to the deceased as the bus belonged to a private travel agency. However he would discuss the matter with the government, Mr. Reddy said.
Meanwhile, several anxious friends and relatives of the passengers on board the bus gathered at the Travel Agency's office in Kalasipalyam for information on their near and dear ones.
IANS adds:
Helpline opened for Andhra bus fire
The Mahabubnagar district police in Andhra Pradesh have opened a helpline to provide information about the mishap.
Following are the helpline numbers: 9494600100, 08542-245927, 245930, 245932.

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