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Kerala: Pregnant woman on way to hospital, husband die as car catches fire

Kannur car fire incident: The car caught fire when it was heading to the hospital as the pregnant woman complained of labour pain. Witnesses said they could not rescue 2 of 6 persons as the car turned into a fireball soon after the flame appeared.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Kannur Published on: February 02, 2023 16:36 IST
The car turned into a fireball moments after it caught fire
Image Source : SOCIAL MEDIA The car turned into a fireball moments after it caught fire

In a tragic incident, a pregnant woman and her husband died after their car caught fire in Kannur, said official on Thursday.

They were charred to death when the car in which they were proceeding to the district government hospital as the woman complained of labour pain, he said.

The victims have been identified as Prijith (35) and his wife Reesha (26), hailing from Kuttiattoor in the district.

4 out of 6 people escape 

Six people were travelling in the car and four of them including a child who were sitting in the rear seat escaped when the vehicle caught fire.

Immediately after getting the information, the fire and rescue officials rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire completely and pulled out Prijith and Reesha, but they were already dead.

The co-passengers of the victims have been shifted to a hospital, they added.

"They are not injured. They are in the hospital and they are getting checked," Kannur city police Commissioner Ajit Kumar told reporters after visiting the accident site.

It appears that the victims got trapped inside the burning car--a 2020 model Maruti S-Presso--as they could not open its front door, he said.

According to locals, the woman who died was pregnant and they tried to rescue the couple by opening the front door of the car but failed.

TV footage showed the locals present at the spot running towards the burning car to rescue the hapless couple who got stuck inside it.

"We were totally helpless at that time as the front side of the car was immediately engulfed in fire. We could not do much to save them as we feared that the oil tank of the car will explode at any time," an eyewitness told the media.

"The reasons for the fire could be ascertained only after verification by technical experts. The car will be properly examined with the help of experts. Let us investigate a little more and then we will be able to get a clear picture," police said.
(With PTI input)

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