Doubts raised over Volvo Buses safety

With two Volvo buses catching fire after their diesel tanks burst in a span of two weeks resulting in the death of 52 passengers in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, transport officials are expressing concerns over the safety mechanism in the hitech AC buses.

On October 30, 45 passengers were charred to death when the Volvo bus, operated by Jabbar Travels, caught fire after the right bottom edge of the vehicle came in contact with the culvert atPalem in Mahbubnagar district. In a similar incident that occurred on November 14 near Haveri in Karnataka, seven passengers travelling in National Travel’s Volvo from Bangalore to Mumbai met with similar fate.

There appears to be several similarities between the two Volvo bus mishaps. The drivers in both cases lost control over the vehicle, probably due to over-speeding or because they dozed off, resulting in the bottom edge of the vehicle hitting the road median and the fuel from the damaged tank catching fire.

During their preliminary inquiry into the Mahbubnagar mishap, transport officials concluded that the accident occurred due to careless driving. Bus driver Feroz told RTA officials that he dozed off for a few seconds which led to the bus coming in contact with the six inch culvert projection. Due to the impact, the 15-feet metallic safety railing on the culvert broke into half and one part of it pierced the fuel tank while the second part got dragged along the bus on the road for a distance of about 170 feet before the driver managed to stop the vehicle.

Read the full report here, Times of India


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