KSRTC bus goes up in flames, woman charred to death near Nelamangala

KSRTC bus goes up in flames, woman charred to death near Nelamangala

Submitted by Kumuda on Tue, 2017-02-21 11:51 Bengaluru: A KSRTC bus went up in flames on the outskirts of Nelamangala in the early hours of Tuesday killing one woman passenger on the spot.Eye witnesses said the Bengaluru-bound bus from Chikmagaluru suddenly went up in flames and passengers were screaming for help.Sources said 58-year-old Bhagyamma has been charred to death while another passenger Mamatha has suffered more than 70 per cent burns. She has been rushed to Victoria Hospital and is fighting for her life, it is said.Besides, 10 passengers have also suffered serious burns injuries and seven-year-old boy is also among the injured. They are being treated at the Victoria Hospital. Some passengers complained that the driver did not bother to stop the vehicle despite noticing the fire in the engine. He allegedly drove off the vehicle for two kilometres risking the lives of passengers.In fact, the deceased Bhagyamma had called her son after she crossed the toll and she had just two kimoteres to reach. Her son was waiting for her at the 8th Mile, near Peenya. However, Bhagyamma could not make it.Meanwhile, KSRTC engineer Gangaiah has refuted the allegations and clarified that there was no fire in the engine. “But we have found that some passengers were carrying inflammable materials that aggravated the situation. However, we will wait for the forensic report,” he added.Nelamangala police have registered a complaint and are investigating.