CHENNAI: Bengaluru-Chennai bus caught fire near Nazarethpet on Saturday morning around 8:20 Am. The bus was moving slowly near a check-post at Nazarathpet with 45 passengers when motorists behind the bus alerted the bus driver about the smoke from the rear of the bus. The bus caught fire in the rear part which has the engine.
The timely alert helped all the passengers get out of the bus safely. But as the fire tenders could not immediately reach the spot due to the traffic jam on the stretch, the bus was fully engulfed by the fire in just an hour. The reasons for the accident is not yet known but a team of technical experts from Bengaluru have rushed to spot to investigate.
KSRTC says that “A Bengaluru-Chennai Airavat Volvo AC bus caught fire on Saturday morning at around9 am, just five km ahead of Chennai city. There were 43 passengers in the bus and no casualties have been reported.
As fire and rescue services were alerted, fire tenders from Poonamallee, Maduravoyal and Ambattur stations rushed to the spot. “But due to the burning vehicle, the traffic was jammed from Sriperumpudur on the Ponnamallee stretch.
“Luckily none was injured. But we have registered a case and are investigating,” said Narazathpet police inspector Jayachandran.
In Bengaluru, KSRTC Public Relations Officer Latha T S said transport corporation officials were headed towards Chennai to examine the bus and ascertain the cause of the fire which was first seen coming from the engine.
It can be remembered that a similar accident involving Volvo bus departing Bengaluru caught fire on October 31 near Mehbubnagar in Andhra Pradesh and 45 passengers in the bus were charred to death.