Bengaluru: In a frightening occurrence, a passenger bus operated by private transport company Durgamba Motors caught fire at Varur near Hubbali in Karnataka, leaving three burned to death and 9 others critically wounded. According to police, the bus was on its way to Dharwad from Bengaluru, and the accident is accounted to have occur between 5am and 5:30am. It was a non-AC sleeper bus.
According to Hubballi SP Dharmendra Kumar Meena, there were 15 passenger and three crew associates (2 drivers and one cleaner) in the bus. The driver of the bus has also continued injuries. Most of the upset have been taken to KIMS hospital in Hubballi, but three have been shifted to KLE Hospital in Belagavi as their injuries are more serious. Dharmendra Meena has also further conveyed that, they had found some substance in the bus. "We cannot say whether it was flammable or not. We have sent it to the FSL." The fire is supposed to have commenced at the back of the bus. The bodies have not been recognized yet. The police Officials also further conveyed that, it is believed that the bus was carrying liquor bottles and cigarettes and this combustible material could have caused the fire.