Guna (Madhya Pradesh): At least 13 persons were burnt alive and 16 others suffered serious burn injuries as a private bus caught fire after colliding with a dumper truck in Guna district on Wednesday night.
So far, nine dead bodies have been retrieved from the bus, which completely turned into ashes. The injured have been admitted to the District Hospital for treatment.
According to SP Khatri the bus that had around 40 passengers was completely gutted. Many passengers managed to save their lives by jumping out of the windows. All the injured have been shifted to the Guna district hospital.
According to information, the incident took place on Guna-Aaron road around 9 pm when the dumper truck coming from the opposite direction collided with the passenger-carrying bus.
CM announces Rs 4 lakh ex gratia
Taking cognisance of the matter, Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has announced a probe into the accident. Expressing grief over the incident, CM Yadav announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to family of every deceased. Along with this, Rs 50,000 will be given to every injured person. CM has directed the officers of the transport department that no such incident shall take place in future.
Meanwhile, in a message on X (formerly Twitter), Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia termed the incident as "painful". "Soon after getting information about the incident I spoke to the collector and SP and directed them to start a relief and rescue operation. May God give peace to the souls of the civilians who died in this accident and give strength to their families to bear this loss. I wish speedy recovery to the citizens injured in the accident," he added.
Massive fire breaks out in Khandwa
Khandwa: A massive fire broke out in the Ghaspura area of Khandwa district late Wednesday night, an official said. Fire tenders are present at the spot and a dousing operation is underway. Senior officials also rushed to the place where fire erupted.