ANDHRA PRADESH

Miraculous escape for youth as car catches fire

A youth had a miraculous escape when the car in which he was travelling suddenly caught fire and was completely gutted, near Rangampeta Cross on Naidupeta-Puthalapattu NH, 25 km from here, on Wednesday.

According to the Puthalapattu police, Rajesh, working at a construction company near Chittoor, had purchased a second hand car and was proceeding to the temple of Lord Varasiddi Vinayaka Swamy at Kanipakam to perform puja. All of a sudden, smoke and sparks billowed from the engine, forcing the youth to get down from the vehicle. In a few seconds, the vehicle was gutted.

In another incident, Govindamma (45) was killed on the spot and three others were seriously injured, when a tractor reportedly driven by a 17-year-old knocked them down while they were waiting at an astrologer’s house at Chintalagunta village in Vedurukuppam mandal. According to the police, a Govindamma along with her relatives had visited a local astrologer at the village. When they were engrossed in their errand, the boy, who was learning how to drive a tractor reportedly lost control and hit the woman.

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