5 pilgrims die in bus after LPG cylinders explode

Five pilgrims from West Bengal were charred to death and six others sustained serious injuries when one of the two LPG cylinders exploded in a moving overcrowded bus at Tiruppullani in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu early on Sunday.

Police said the bus was completely gutted in the ensuing fire after the cylinder kept in the rear portion, exploded due to friction.

The mishap occurred when the pilgrims were proceeding to Kanniyakumari to see the sunrise after visiting various pilgrim centres, including Rameswaram, where the ancient Ramanathaswamy temple was located.

 The pilgrims were on their way to Kolkata from Rameswaram when the tragedy occurred. The casualty would have been higher had the driver not stopped the bus after noticing a spark through the rear view mirror.

The alert driver acted swiftly and immediately stopped the bus and asked the passengers to alight.

As the pilgrims were alighting from the bus which was passing through a coastal area, the LPG cylinders exploded and the entire bus was gutted due to strong and gusty winds.

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