**Cuttack: ** In a dreadful incident, a running bus carrying passengers to full capacity caught fire on national highway (NH)-5 between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar stretch on Saturday afternoon.
As per preliminary reports, the private bus named NISHA was on its way from Odisha’s state capital city of Bhubaneswar to old capital city of Cuttack. The mishap took place near Sadar Police Station (better known as Pira Bazaar area) under Cuttack Commissionerate Police limits.
Sources said that the bus allegedly rammed into a bike following which the biker sustained injuries, but fortunately minor, while unfortunately the bus caught fire all of a sudden. Despite the bus on raging blaze, all passengers reportedly had a narrow shave.
Police said, the private bus has been completely gutted in the fire while efforts were made by the fire services to douse the flames.
The driver and helper of the bus were absconding after the incident.