Bus catches fire but alert driver averts tragedy

Bus catches fire but alert driver averts tragedy

As many as 20 staff nurses of Fortis Hospital, Cunningham Road, had a narrow escape when a bus by which they were travelling to the hospital caught fire near the Cauvery junction on Bellary Road on Monday night. 

One fire tender was rushed to douse the fire. However, the bus was charred in the mishap. This led to traffic jam for almost an hour on the busy road. Traffic police deployed more personnel to control the situation.

The bus originated from the staff nurses’ ladies’ hostel in Sanjaynagar around 6.45 pm. There were 20 nurses who were to be ferried to the hospital as they were on night shift. The driver sensed a burning smell as the bus approached the Cauvery junction at around 7.20 pm. He stopped the bus and asked the nurses to get down immediately.

Soon, thick smoke engulfed the rear part of the bus, followed by flames.

“The presence of mind of the driver averted a major tragedy. We immediately alerted the fire personnel and rushed another vehicle to ferry the nurses,” Nagaraj, deputy manager of the Hospital, said.

The cause for the mishap is yet to be ascertained. The bus was regularly serviced and there were no technical issues. The driver has been operating the bus for the last five years. 

The mishap blocked traffic from Mekhri Circle up to the Central Business District (CBD). Vehicles piled up till the CBI office. The situation returned to normal by 8.30 pm.

Homemaker ends life

A 22-year-old homemaker committed suicide allegedly over domestic issues in Banaswadi police limits. The deceased is Asha. She hanged herself in a room at her house on Sunday night and the incident came to light after her husband, Mohammed Qader, returned home. The police have secured him for quizzing.

Qader, who hails from UP, and Asha, a resident of Kalidasa Layout near Lingarajapuram, fell in love and married a year ago. They have a 10-month-old son. The couple fought over petty issues. Hence, Asha may have taken the extreme step, police said.

Asha’s parents alleged in a complaint that she took the extreme step as she could no longer bear the harassment.

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