A 38-year-old man on Sunday was burnt alive in his car after the vehicle’s engine suddenly caught fire. The victim, however, managed to save his wife and both children before the fire spread, reports Hindustan Times.
According to reports, Bengaluru-based jeweller Dileep Kumar was travelling to Kochi with his family via road. The car’s engine suddenly caught fire near a toll gate at Madukkarai area on Sunday morning.
Dileep reportedly managed to push his wife and children out of the car but remained stuck in the vehicle as he could not unfasten his seat belt on time. The flames then spread and burnt him alive. Police are currently investigating the cause of the fire.
This incident joins a list of unfortunate deaths where vehicles have caught fire. Race driver Ashwin Sundar and his wife, Niveditha, were both charred to death in March, after their BMW crashed and caught fire in Chennai.
In May, a family of three died after their hatchback caught fire in Manamai. The victims included newlywed, J Divya Sri (24), an engineering graduate and wife of an officer in the Indian Army and her parents – Jeyadevan (52) and Ramadevi (50), police said.