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West Bengal: One people dead, 30 injured as Odisha-bound bus catches fire

Bengal: At least one person killed while many others sustained injuries after a luxury bus bound for Odisha caught fire in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal on Friday night, police said.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Bengal: At least one person killed while many others sustained injuries after a luxury bus bound for Odisha caught fire in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal on Friday night, police said.

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Manas Ranjan Bhunia, West Bengal minister confirmed one fatality in the accident. Locals reportedly came to the rescue of the passengers and rushed 31 injured passengers to hospitals. Later, five more passengers were rescued and were admitted to nearby hospitals.

Giving information about this accident, a police officer said that the incident took place when the bus, which departed Babughat in Kolkata around 5 pm, neared the Madhabpur area around 10 pm, adding the AC bus was moving slowly.

At least 36 people travelling in the vehicle tried to rush out of the vehicle by smashing side windows. Some of them fell into a roadside ditch, while several of them were admitted to nearby hospitals.

After the incident, the police officer said, the driver and the helper also jumped out of the vehicle after stopping it. From videos shot on mobile phones by people of the locality, the bus was seen engulfed in flames.

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After receiving information about this incident, the official said that fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. They further said that the cause of the blaze was yet to be ascertained.

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