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Forty-four people have died so far in a fire that engulfed a private bus in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The police said the incident occurred around 5:10am local time when the bus hit against a culvert, damaging its diesel tank which caught fire and the vehicle got engulfed in the blaze.
The bus, carrying 49 passengers, started from Bangalore, capital of the neighbouring state of Karnataka at 11:00pm on Tuesday night.
“It seems the bus was travelling at a high speed when its fuel tank hit the roadside culvert and caught fire. There are some causalities feared as the entire bus has been gutted,” a senior police officer was quoted by a local news agency.
Five passengers, including the driver and a cleaner, had managed to escape, police said quoting eyewitnesses.