20221009 12 die in sleep as bus catches fire after hitting truck
India Mar 18 2023 “Automobile & Railway”
Dead : dead more than 10 Burnout : 0 or unknown Injured : injured more than 10
12 die in sleep as bus catches fire after hitting truck
NASHIK: Twelve people, including a 3-year-old girl, on board a luxury bus were charred to death and 39 were injured when the vehicle caught fire following a collision with a coal-laden truck at Mirchi hotel chowk, barely 6km from the heart of the city, on the Nashik-Aurangabad state highway around 5:15am on Saturday.
Nashik guardian minister Dada Bhuse said the Mirchi Hotel Chowk was “a dreaded black spot” in the city. He told TOI , “Chief minister Eknath Shinde and I have told the local administration to immediately chalk out plans and take corrective measures at the 15 ‘black spots’, including the one where the accident occurred, in the city. ”
Data available with the police revealed that five accidents had occurred at the spot between 2015 and 2018, in which six people were critically injured. A police officer said though the bus had the capacity of carrying 30 people, 55 passengers were on board and all of them were asleep when the accident occurred. Some of them were sleeping on the floor of the bus in the aisle and few others were travelling in the driver’s cabin.
The police said the bus had originated from Yavatmal on Friday night and was on its way to Mumbai via Nashik. The accident occurred at the crossing of the ring road that is managed by the Nashik Municipal Corporation and the Nashik-Aurangabad highway maintained by the public works department.
Eyewitnesses said the front portion of the bus caught fire immediately after the collision. The blaze engulfed the entire vehicle in no time, and the passengers stuck inside were screaming for help. Some of them managed to break the window panes of the bus and came out.
The police said seven of the deceased have so far been identified. Most of the deceased were charred beyond recognition,” an officer said, adding that both the vehicles were travelling at high speed when the accident occurred. “The bus, moving on the highway, collided with the truck side-on along the way to Pune via Sinnar along the ring road. The bus hit the fuel tank of the truck, leading to an oil spill. The engine of the bus was overheated due to plying for long hours. This could be a reason for the fire,” an official of the NMC’s fire brigade department said.
Such was the impact of the collision that the bus ended up 30 ft away from the accident spot on the left side of the road. The truck was found 50 ft away from the crash spot. An Adgaon police officer said the truck driver was on the run. Police are yet not certain if the bus driver survived the crash. The police have booked both the drivers.
Web Source: The Times of India