Two dead, several injured as moving sleeper bus catches fire in Gurugram

GURUGRAM: Two passengers died and a dozen sustained serious burn injuries when a moving sleeper bus caught fire on the Jaipur-Delhi-Gurugram Expressway on Wednesday night, a senior police official said. The bus was gutted by the fire. The cause of the fire was not known immediately.

The five people who were severely injured were immediately rushed to the Medanta Hospital while seven of them were taken to a Civil Hospital in Gurugram, the officials stated. Gulshan Kalra, Fire Department Deputy Director, said that the incident took place at around 8:30 pm near the Jharsa flyover on the main carriageway from Delhi to Jaipur, Rajasthan.
“Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot after we received information that a sleeper bus with registration number AR 01 K 7707 had caught fire on the carriageway,” Kalra said. By the time the fire was brought under control, two passengers were charred to death.

There were some other passengers also who sustained burn injuries, Kalra said. Civil Hospital’s Dr Manav confirmed seven injured are undergoing treatment at the facility. “All injured have suffered 30 to 50 percent burns but are stable,” Manav said. After receiving information about the incident, Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav and Gurugram Police Commissioner Vikas Kumar Arora also reached the spot.

Video footage from the scene showed the bus engulfed in flames. The fire was so terrible that a plume of smoke was seen rising into the sky from a distance during the night.
The cause of the fire is yet not known. During the festival season, people are known to take to traveling by buses in large numbers. In case of not getting passenger tickets in train services, a large number of passengers take help of buses to commute as well as reach home.

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