Narrow escape for driver, helper as truck catches fire

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Angul: The driver and helper of a truck had a narrow escape after the moving vehicle caught fire on NH-149 near Khemala under Palalahada police limits in Angul district in the wee hours today.

The vehicle was completely damaged in the fire but the driver and helper were unharmed in the incident.

According to reports, the iron ore-laden vehicle caught fire while it was on its way to Paradip. The fire later engulfed the truck.

However, the driver managed to stop the truck, following which a major tragedy was averted and both the driver and the helper came out of it safely.

On being informed, fire brigade officials rushed to the spot and doused the flames. Though the exact reason behind the mishap is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the fire broke out due to some technical issues, the fire service personnel said.

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