Indian bus crash kills 45 passengers in inferno after driver fled, left them locked inside

National Post | News

WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES

HYDERABAD, India — A bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames Wednesday in southern India, killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin after the driver fled, officials said.

The driver, a bus cleaner and five passengers managed to escape through a window in the front of the overnight bus, according to the transportation minister of southern Andhra Pradesh state, Botsa Satyanarayana.

The other passengers were trapped inside the sleeper bus, which had an automatic locking system that could be controlled by the driver, said local police official Pradeep, who goes by one name.

Only three of the 45 charred bodies could be identified, state Information Minister D.K. Aruna said. “Authorities are gathering the DNA samples from the bodies” to use in identifying the rest, he said.

Police detained the driver and the bus cleaner for questioning, and filed charges including negligence against…

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