Narrow escape for pilgrims from Tamil Nadu

Car catches fire on Tirumala ghat road

Updated - February 06, 2016 07:46 am IST

Published - February 06, 2016 12:00 am IST - Tirumala:

Traffic on the second ghat road leading to Tirumala came to a grinding halt when a car reportedly from the neighbouring State of Tamil Nadu was engulfed in flames. Fortunately there were no causalities.

The mishap took place in the wee hours of Friday on the ghat road about four km from the temple town.

In all, there were five persons and two children on board.

The pilgrim party headed by a person named J. Kumar, who hailed from Vurandurpet in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, had hired the vehicle and set out on a pilgrimage to Tirumala on the previous night.

Driver saves the day

As soon as the fire broke out, the driver of the vehicle, Manikandan, had stopped the car immediatly along side the road and all the passengers ran to safety.

The vehicle was completely gutted in the fire.

Though the cause of fire was yet to be established, short-circuit is believed to led to the mishap.

Fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Traffic diverted

Vehicular traffic was diverted onto the link road for a brief period.

Normalcy was restored after the arrival of the TTD’s security and vigilance personnel, who monitored and regulated the traffic.

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