New Delhi: The Volvo, belonging to Jabbar Travels, was carrying 48 passengers; the remaining 43 passengers were feared killed in the mishap. Forty passengers burnt alive when a bus caught fire in Mahabubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh early Wednesday, police said. A private bus coming to Hyderabad from Bangalore caught fire after hitting a culvert near Palem in Mahabubnagar district around 5.20 am. Seven passengers, including the driver and a cleaner, managed to escape. They were shifted to a hospital. The Volvo, belonging to Jabbar Travels, was carrying 49 passengers. The passengers were asleep when the bus hit the culvert and its diesel tank burst.
People from nearby village said the bus was reduced to ashes within few minutes. The victims were charred beyond recognition. Mahabubnagar District Collector M Girija Shankar said five passengers were undergoing treatment at a hospital at Vanaparti. He along with Superintendent of Police Nagendra Kumar visited the scene. They said a list of only 29 passengers was received from the private bus travels. Other passengers boarded the bus enrooted. The bus left Bangalore at 10 pm on Tuesday and was scheduled to reach Hyderabad at 6.30 am. Mahabubnagar district police in Andhra Pradesh have opened a helpline to provide information about the mishap in which 40 passengers of a private bus coming to Hyderabad from Bangalore were killed after the bus caught fire early Wednesday.