AP bus accident: Relatives arrive to identify loved ones

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Hyderabad/Bangalore, Oct 30: The tragic incident of a Volvo bus burning to chars has left the victims' families helpless and scarred for life. It was a heart wrenching scene when relatives identified (if they could) their loved ones. Nevertheless, each of them were charred beyond recognition. There were just 7 survivors, including the driver and the cleaner, while the rest were engulfed by fire when the bus hit a divider and the fuel tank burst into flames. It was a matter of a minute till the entire bus was charred.

On its way from Hyderabad to Bangalore, the bus met with the mishap at 5:15 am. It is alleged that the bus was trying to overtake a car when it lost control and hit a divider. "The automatic locking system is there for these vehicles. The driver apparently did not understand the mechanism and opened the door. Had he opened the door, perhaps some people have escaped," said Girija Shankar, the District Collector of Mahbubnagar.

The driver and the cleaner have been taken into custody and have been questioned. According to them, it was a tyre burst that caused a mishap. However, owner of Jabbar travels Jameel Jabbar has denied any lapses. "As far as the vehicle is concerned, there was no problem with the vehicle, all documents are perfect, the road permit, authorization, fitness cart, all have been issued. The vehicle was in proper running condition and proper service was being done for the vehicle," he said.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the unidentified will be kept in Osmania hospital. DNA match is likely to take a week.

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