27 charred to death as bus catches fire after accident in India
At least 27 passengers are feared dead after a bus travelling from Muzaffarpur to New Delhi turned turtle and caught fire on NH-28 near Belwa village in Bihar's Motihari on Thursday.
Bihar State’s disaster management minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav said that East Champaran DM has confirmed the deaths of 27 people.
Kotwa police station official Vijay Sinha said that only four people could be rescued from the ill-fated bus.
‘The injured have been rushed to the local hospital for treatment. They have suffered burn injuries’, the police officer said.
Police, quoting villagers and some eye witnesses, said that the accident took place when the driver attempted to save a two-wheeler. The bus belonged to a private operator.
‘The bus went off the road and turned turtle. Before people could rush to rescue the trapped passengers, the vehicle burst into flames,’ Vijay Sinha said.
The bus was carrying 32 passengers, mostly from Muzaffarpur.
Meanwhile, rescue work at the accident site has been hampered due to heavy rain in the area. Senior officials have rushed to Sadar Hospital to take stock of the situation.
Source: Times of India.