DTC driver's presence of mind saves lives

A DTC driver rammed his bus into a concrete wall at Rajender Nagar in Central Delhi after he realised that the brakes had failed, police said on Friday.

The incident happened at 10.30 am near Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Shankar Road. The bus was plying between Central Government Offices complex in south Delhi and Avantika in outer Delhi.

“There were 20 people in the bus. When Sanjay, 35, realised that the brakes were not working, he drove the bus on a one-way street and rammed into a wall. His presence of mind has saved lives,” said a senior police officer.

Before the vehicle hit the wall, Sanjay told passengers to sit at the rear of the bus and brace for impact.

“The collision badly damaged the driver’s area of the bus,” said the officer.

Sanjay and three passengers were injured. They were taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

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Later, police questioned Sanjay at Rajender Nagar police station. He was let off after the injured persons and the rest of the passengers spoke on his behalf. “We inspected the brakes. The injured persons also told us that they did not want any action against Sanjay, so no case was filed against him,” the officer said.

A Delhi Transport Corporation official said the brakes were working well when the bus left the Rohini depot on Friday morning.

“We do a proper mechanical check before any bus leaves the depot. We are investigating to find the exact reason behind the accident,” the DTC official said.

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