Hyderabad: It was a lucky escape for passengers traveling in two Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) Vennela buses after both caught fire on National Highway 65 at Gumpula under Chivvemla Mandal in Suryapet in the early hours of Sunday.
The Vennela sleeper buses were going from Vijayawada to Hyderabad.
On Sunday morning, at around 3 a.m., one of the buses showed a technical snag. The bus driver immediately asked the passengers to get off the vehicle to take up repairs. Another bus of the same travel agency, which was following it, stopped behind it as the driver prepared to help repair the first bus. Within minutes, the first bus caught fire reportedly due to a spark from the battery, and the flame spread to the second bus.
Fire engines rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control.
The bus owner arranged another bus and sent 50 passengers to their destinations.