Crime & Safety

Volvo buses not suited for India: CID


Nearly four months after 45 passengers aboard a Volvo bus were charred to death at Palem in Mahbubnagar, Crime Investigation Department (CID) officials on Wednesday said Swedish auto major’s Volvo buses were not suitable for Indian conditions. They said a report will be sent to the Union government shortly informing about this. The CID sleuths made Volvo an accused in the ghastly incident.

Briefing the media here on Wednesday, CID additional director-general T Krishna Prasad said that after conducting the probe, investigators concluded that besides negligence of the bus driver and faulty geometry of the road, there were several loopholes in the design of the Volvo bus, which led to the mishap on the fateful day.¬†Since 2005, five major accidents took place involving Volvo buses in various parts of the country and 43 persons died and 53 suffered injuries, the CID official said.¬†“Volvo buses plying in India have a battery below the driver’s seat and behind it the main 300-litre diesel tank is located,” the CID chief said.

When the bus had hit a culvert, a rod on its railing first pierced the fuel tank and then the bus body by disturbing the flooring of the bus, made of wood. Due to the impact of the bus hitting the culvert, the sparks emitted from the battery immediately ignited the already punctured 300-litre diesel tank. The bus was also supported by two more auxiliary tanks which were of 150-litre capacity each.

Read the full report here, Times of India


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