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Karnataka: No fault in design, claims manufacturer after bus killed 7

Nov 16, 2013 08:33 AM IST India India

Bangalore: Several questions remain unanswered after seven people were killed and 40 others were injured after a bus enroute to Mumbai from Bangalore caught fire in Haveri district of Karnataka on Thursday morning. The manufacturers have claimed that there was no fault in the design of the vehicle and the incident may have been caused due to a fuel leak.

"In general there's nothing called a fuel tank blast. Of course a fuel tank can be ignited with a spark. Let's see through investigations. We believe these have been strong impact incidents where the buses have been scrubbing around at the side of the roads with metal parts and so on, but that has to come out from the investigation. But I want to dispel the fact of the fuel tank bursting," Senior vice president Volvo bus association, Akash Tassey said.

At least 48 passengers were on board when the bus caught fire after hitting a road median in Haveri early on Thursday at around 3:20 am. It was on National Highway 4 at Kunimelli bridge, about 14 kms from Haveri, when the incident took place.

"The bus had hit the culvert of the Vardha river and it dragged itself for 100 meters spilling diesel. The bus turned over and rear engine got uprooted and caught fire," said Karnataka IG Bhaskar Rao.

The tragedy comes after 45 people had been charred to detah when a Volvo bus from Bangalore to Hyderabad had caught fire after hitting the median on the national highway in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh.