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image This is what remained of the bus operating as Peters Transport which burst into flames shortly after developing mechanical faults near Hlane Royal National Park on Saturday morning.

HLANE – About 30 passengers, who were on board a Peters bus, were lucky to escape unhurt when the bus they had boarded mysteriously caught fire before burning to ashes.

 They were travelling from Manzini to Lomahasha on Saturday morning.
The police confirmed that all the passengers on board including the driver and the bus conductors escaped unhurt despite the bus being completely burnt by the mysterious fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established but sources alleged that the fire might have been caused by a mechanical fault.
 “About five kilometres before the incident the driver hinted to the conductors that the bus was experiencing some mechanical problems, hence he suggested that passengers should get out of the bus. He then stopped the bus and while everyone was moving out, the fire started,” a source said.
Asked to state the number of passengers on board, the source could not be precise but estimated that there were about 30 adding that most of the passengers were going to Lomahasha.

Attempts to get a comment from the driver and the bus conductors proved futile as when the Times team arrived at the accident scène, they had already left.
Sources said soon after recording statements with the police, the driver together with the bus conductors held a brief caucus at the Simunye bus terminus. “They were standing over there for the past hour but they have since left,” said a bus conductor who was found at the terminus.

Meanwhile, Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Superintendent Wendy Hleta confirmed the matter saying that the police had already launched an investigation into the matter.
“We are still to determine the actual cause of the fire, but we can confirm that there were no casualties,” she said briefly.



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