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Close shave for DTC commuters as bus goes up in flames

Nearly 35 passengers of a DTC bus had a narrow escape when the bus went up in flames in Pandav Nagar area of east Delhi. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Jan 04, 2011 01:34 IST

Nearly 35 passengers of a DTC bus had a narrow escape when the bus went up in flames in Pandav Nagar area of east Delhi. Fire officials said the incident was reported from Pandav Nagar area at 9am when a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus (route no 307) was going towards Kamla Market area.

“Around 35 passengers were travelling in the bus when smoke started coming out of the engine. The driver stopped the vehicle and got down to check it. However, flames started coming out and spread to other parts of the bus,” a fire department official said.

The firemen said the harried passengers made their way out of the vehicle within seconds and alerted the police control room and Delhi fire service. “Two fire engines were rushed to the spot. The bus was charred beyond recognition and it took some time to douse the blaze,” the official said. The police is suspecting that a short-circuit may have triggered the fire. No one was, however, injured in the blaze.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old cyclist lost his life after he was hit by a speeding truck in Adarsh Nagar area of northwest Delhi on Saturday morning. Police said the victim, identified as Narayan Sharma, lived with his family in Sant Nagar area, and was working in a private factory in Azadpur Industrial area. “On his way back home, a speeding truck hit his cycle from behind.

The impact was such that he fell off his cycle and sustained severe injuries. He was immediately rushed to Babu Jag Jivan Ram Hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead,” a police official said, adding that the errant driver has been held.