School bus catches fire at Vashi, none hurt

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: A school bus be­long­ing to a pri­vate school in Sana­pada caught fire on Tues­day af­ter­noon when 14 stu­dents were on board. How­ever, due to pres­ence of mind of the driver, none of the stu­dents were in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the bus was com­ing to drop the stu­dents at Vashi af­ter school around 3pm. As it was pass­ing the road be­tween Vashi sta­tion and Inor­bit mall, the bus driver, Satish More spot­ted smoke emit­ting from the en­gine. He in­stantly parked the bus at an open space and asked all the stu­dents to alight.

“Af­ter tak­ing them to a safer place, he in­formed the Vashi fire brigade about it. The fire brigade of­fi­cials reached the spot on time and doused the fire,” said one po­lice of­fi­cer from Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice too reached the spot and cor­doned off the area.

“The fire was not a big one. How­ever, the driver did a good job by va­cat­ing the bus be­fore it was too late. There were no causal­i­ties in the ac­ci­dent. We think the ac­ci­dent took place be­cause of an elec­tric short cir­cuit in the en­gine. Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on,” he added.

“The con­di­tion of the bus ap­peared to be good. Only the front side of it has been dam­aged be­cause of the ac­ci­dent,” said an of­fi­cial from Vashi fire brigade.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

A fire­man douses fire which broke out on a school bus on Tues­day.

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