12 charred to death in MP as bus hits truck, catches fire | India News – Times of India

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BHOPAL: At least 12 people were charred to death and 14 injured after a passenger bus caught fire following a head-on collision with a dumper truck on the outskirts of MP’s Guna on Wednesday night.
Collector Tarun Rathi had told TOI around midnight that five bodies had been recovered and the toll was likely to increase. “I am not in a position to comment on the exact number of deaths.Our teams are still working,” he said.
Details were still sketchy but at 1am, the death toll from the accident stood at 12. The bus had expired insurance and fitness certificates, say officials. It’s not yet known what caused the head-on collision.
The bus had just left Guna city limits and was headed for Aron, located around 40km away, when it was hit by a dumper around 8.30pm. The collision sent the bus careening off the road and it toppled on its side. The fire started almost instantly.
The bus seated 32 but may have been carrying around 40 passengers in the holiday rush, say sources. Locals rushed to the scene and began pulling out passengers from the burning bus, saving many lives.
Police and administrative officials joined the rescue effort, but the flames engulfed the entire vehicle within minutes, trapping nearly half the number of passengers.
It took over two and a half hours to douse the flames. A JCB machine was used to set the bus upright. After waiting for the metalwork to cool, rescuers made their way into the charred bus and began retrieving bodies that had been reduced to skeletons.
Chief minister Mohan Yadav ordered an inquiry and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the dead.


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