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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
A private Volvo multi-axle bus hit a bridge and caught fire in Haveri district of Karnataka early morning on Thursday killing seven people and injuring 33. The diesel tank of the bus got ruptured when the rear of the bus hit the bridge and later caught fire, similar to the mishap that killed 45 people on October 30 in Mehabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh.
The bus, operated by Bangalore-based National Travels, was on its way from Bangalore to
Mumbai, police said. The accident happened at around 3.20 a.m. near Kunimelli bridge, off
Bankapura Cross in Haveri district of central Karnataka. Those with minor burn injuries are admitted to the district hospital, Haveri, and those with severe burn injuries have been shifted to KIMS, Hubli, said Bhaskar Rao, Inspector General of Police (North Range), Belgaum.
Haveri Superintendent of Police N. Shashi Kumar said that after hitting the bridge, the bus
moved for about 150 metres when the driver applied the brakes and the bus caught fire.
Three died on the spot and four others died on the way to hospital due to burn injuries. Many passengers suffered fracture and related injuries too during their attempt to jump out of the bus through emergency exit windows. Thankfully there was no inflammable material inside the bus, the SP said.
A similar accident occurred on October 30, when a Volvo multi-axle bus, operated by Bangalore-based Jabbar Travels, which was on its way from Bangalore to Hyderabad met with a similar mishap near Palem in Mehaboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. While seven, including the driver of the bus escaped, 45 passengers were charred to death inside the bus itself. Here too, the bus brushed against the retaining wall of a bridge damaging the diesel tank resulting in fire that engulfed the vehicle within minutes.