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Old 30th October 2013, 19:32   #376
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One thing that baffles me here is that diesel tank explosion and fire engulfing the entire bus within few minutes. My idea was diesel is NOT a flammable fuel.

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45 people killed in an accident where the Volvo they were travelling in caught fire.

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http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-sho...20131030.htm#1
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One thing that baffles me here is that diesel tank explosion and fire engulfing the entire bus within few minutes. My idea was diesel is NOT a flammable fuel.
I too felt the same earlier. But then, remember Diesel may not be 'easily' flammable fuel under 'normal' circumstances. In an engine, it is compressed to extreme pressures hence enabling self-ignition. So my take on this accident is the speed of the bus (120+ ??) and the subsequent impact is what which 'ignited' the fuel.
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Old 31st October 2013, 20:24   #378
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So my take on this accident is the speed of the bus (120+ ??) and the subsequent impact is what which 'ignited' the fuel.
Volvo says the fuel tanks are not made of metal, but plastic to ensure that they crack before they compress on impact, which will result in the fuel spilling upon the impact.

A view which is going round is the bus was carrying some inflammable material in its loading area and that this caught fire which engulfed the bus very quickly, and as a witness lamented, 'everything was over within 20 minutes'. However, there is no official version on this as yet.

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A view which is going round is the bus was carrying some inflammable material in its loading area and that this caught fire which engulfed the bus very quickly, and as a witness lamented, 'everything was over within 20 minutes'. However, there is no official version on this as yet.
Very interesting thought. I have heard from many sources that these luxury buses illegally carry things like alcohol, fuel, even crackers in large quantities which cause the vehicle to burn without trace in such cases. And these buses are usually never stopped at any check points as well. Not sure if this its true though.

Scared of traveling in such buses now.
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Bangalore - i20 catches fire, couple jumps out in nick of time

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Bangalore - i20 catches fire, couple jumps out in nick of time
The news says, there was a leak in the fuel tank. That the news says is the most probable cause for fire.
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The news says, there was a leak in the fuel tank. That the news says is the most probable cause for fire.

The TOI article also surmises that it could have been some electrical fitting done by a local chap or rodent damage.
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...these luxury buses illegally carry things like alcohol, fuel, even crackers in large quantities which cause the vehicle to burn without trace in such cases. And these buses are usually never stopped at any check points as well. Not sure if this its true though.
Most probable cause of the accident, it is speculated, is the presence of sizeable cache of liquor ( liquor prices in Karnataka are a lot lesser than those in AP), Diwali crackers being brought by the travellers and a lot of human hair (probably sourced from a temple and smuggled to escape taxes etc).

This is speculation, though. The AP government had ordered the CID to investigate the matter.
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I almost survived such a disaster with my i20. Details at:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post3149435 (Car won't start. Guess why? A rat chewed up the fuel line)

The rubber in the fuel pipe that is easily exposed to rodents does not come factory encased with a iron mesh by default. At least that is what the SM at Trident Hyundai told me.

So asking all to please get that mesh put if not already done.

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Check this VW Vento I presume that caught fire here in Hyderabad from the times of India
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This happened a few days ago.
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Hi. My boss's car caught fire this Sunday evening. The car was parked over the weekend and it caught fire by itself around 10 pm. Here's the article http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/repor...ystery-1939886

Does anyone have email ID of the MD as he is not getting any help from the dealer.
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Hi. My boss's car caught fire this Sunday evening. The car was parked over the weekend and it caught fire by itself around 10 pm. Here's the article http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/repor...ystery-1939886

Does anyone have email ID of the MD as he is not getting any help from the dealer.
A parked car catching fire after being parked for more than a couple of days doesn't seem to add up. Have you ruled out sabotage? Any CCTV cameras around?

BTW was it a petrol or diesel Superb?

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Hi. My boss's car caught fire this Sunday evening.
Seems to be a rodent attack which triggered the fire. Has this been investigated?
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Does anyone have email ID of the MD as he is not getting any help from the dealer.
sudhir.rao@skoda-auto.co.in is his email. However in future I would request you not to use my ownership thread for posting miscellaneous matters.

Hope you understand.
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