Woman dies as car catches fire

April 21, 2017 12:00 am | Updated 04:37 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

Villagers save husband

In a freak accident, a 52-year-old woman died in a fire inside an SUV driven by her husband in the wee hours of Thursday.

Her husband, however, escaped as people pulled him out.

The incident occurred on NH-16 near Geddapalem close to Adduroad in the limits of S. Rayavaram Police Station in Visakhapatnam district.


The deceased was identified as P. Nagamani, while her husband is P. Ramana, an electrical loco pilot of Indian Railway, Vijayawada.

While the exact reason for the vehicle catching fire is yet to be ascertained, overheating of the engine and the AC unit, could be the possible cause as per the initial findings.

Inspector of Nakkapalle police station, Ch. Rudrasekhar, said that the incident occurred around 2 a.m. when Ramana and his wife were on their way back to Vijayawada from their native place Purushottapuram in Elamanchili mandal in Visakhapatnam district.

Pulled out of car

After noticing some flames coming out from the bonnet, Ramana slowed down and the locals pulled him out. But they were not able to save Nagamani as the fire spread fast, said Mr. Rudrasekhar.

Sources alleged that the central locking system of the car failed when it caught fire.

“We have registered a case under Section 174 of Cr.PC and investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the accident,” said the Inspector.

The body was shifted to hospital for post-mortem examination.

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