Bus falls off flyover, 40 injured

Driver, bad condition of buses blamed

Bus falls off flyover, 40 injured

At least 40 passengers, including 19 women were injured when a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus carrying 50 passengers tumbled down the “Anna flyover” on arterial Mount Road in the heart of the city on Wednesday. One of the injured is reported to be critically injured.

Expressing grief over the incident, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha said that all efforts were being made to give the best medical treatment to all the injured.

She directed payment of Rs 25,000 to each of the seriously injured in the mishap and Rs 10,000 each to those who suffered minor injuries, an official release said which put the official figures of those injured at 38.

Negotiating a curve on a steep incline on one end of the flyover opposite to the US Consulate here, the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle which crashed through the sidewall and the bus fell on one side, eyewitnesses and police on the site said.

Most of the passengers traveling by the bus had a providential escape, one of them later recounted that he saw the driver’s seat suddenly breaking apart, which possibly led to the latter losing control of the vehicle. Over-speeding by the driver was also not ruled out, Police said.

Besides driver’s negligence, a retired MTC employee said that maintenance of its buses was in “very bad shape”, with the authorities more concerned on “daily collections”, but not keeping pace with the increasing needs of the drivers from fatigue and so on and on motor vehicles upkeep..

Some of the state ministers including the Social Welfare Minister, Valarmathi visited the spot. The Health Minister, Vijay who visited the injured in the hospitals said one elderly passenger alone who broke his ribs was in a critical condition.

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