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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Kandhamal: At least 30 passengers had a narrow escape when the bus in which they were travelling caught fire on NH-59 at Kanjamendi square under Naugaon police limit in the district on Monday.

According to reports, the private bus was heading towards Bhanjanagr from Baliguda in the morning when the fire broke out inside the vehicle due to suspected technical snag in the engine. However, a major mishap was averted as all the occupants of the bus managed to get out of the vehicle in the nick of time and managed to save them.

On being informed, fire service personnel rushed to the spot and doused the flames.

“It’s an unfortunate incident. However, all the passengers have escaped unhurt. We are in touch with the local police for any emergency situation,” said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Manoj Pujahari.

It is worth mentioning that last month at least 25 passengers were injured after a private bus overturned near Hatibari under Rairangpur rural police limits In Baripada. The vehicle was carrying more than 50 passengers to Baripada from Rairangpur when the driver lost control and it veered off the road before overturning into a roadside field.

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