BMTC bus mows down 2 pedestrians

BMTC bus mows down 2 pedestrians

The driver of the bus is said to have had an epileptic attack which led to the accident. DH Photo

The incident took place at N R Colony here. The bus driver reportedly had an epileptic attack, resulting in the tragic serial accident. The victim  Jaya (22) and Mamata (40) were walking down the footpath when the bus knocked them down from behind. One of them was run over, the other was crushed to death under the front tyre of the bus.

A third victim, Sheeba (22), survived, but she is now battling for life at Victoria Hospital. Jaya was a student while  Mamata was a resident of N R Colony.

The killer bus, 31E, travelling from Majestic to Thyag­arajnagar lost control and ran over the innocent pedestrians. The bus driver, Nandish (30), reportedly had started convulsing with fits when he entered the market.

“We suddenly heard a loud bang. The bus hit an electricity pole.  When we looked ar­o­und, the bus had already mo­wed down the victims and stopped after hitting a nearby  gate,” said a police constable, a witness to the accident.

“We broke open the emergency wi­ndow and rescued the passengers,” he dded. The driver  was taken to a nearby hospital. Surprisingly, the local police inspector claimed that the driver was absconding. However, P L  Satyakumar, Chief Labour and Welfare Officer of the BMTC, said the driver was admitted to NIHMANS.

On condition of anonymity aBMTC official said: “Nandish did not suffer from any prior medical condition. But it has be­en reported to us that he su­ffered from fits while drivi­ng on Friday.” 

Locals at N R Colony bl­a­med the accident on diversion of traffic to such a narrow st­retch of road which connects Thyagarajnagar to Majestic. Speaking to Deccan Herald, BMTC Technical Director, S K Paramesh said: “The road is a congested stretch of only 20 feet. Local residents had complained to the traffic police to convert it into a one way road but to no avail.”

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