A Volvo bus with 35 passengers on board caught fire near Timmampeta in Anantapur district during the wee hours of Sunday morning.
The bus belonged to Kallada Travels and was travelling along the Hyderabad-Bangalore National Highway from Bangalore to Hyderabad when the fire occurred at around 1 am on Sunday. The driver had stopped the bus near Timmampeta and noted fire coming out of the vehicle. He instantly alerted the passengers who vacated the bus immediately.
No sooner had the passengers emerged from the bus that the entire bus was engulfed in flames. No passenger was hurt in the mishap but most passengers lost their baggage.
Traffic along the NH44 ground to a halt even as several fire engines were pressed into service. It was only a few hours later after the fire engines doused the fire that traffic along the NH44 was able to resume. The exact reason for the Volvo bus fire is yet to be ascertained.
This is not the first time Volvo India buses have been in the news for a similar reason. The Swedish brand, which has a bus and truck manufacturing plant near Bengaluru, is yet to give an official statement on the incident.
via – TheHindu.com