Bus involved in series of mishap, two killed

Attempt to avoid collission with lorry turns disastrous for bystanders

Bus involved in series of mishap, two killed

Even as the incident, involving a BMTC bus which hit several vehicles, killing four persons in Bengaluru is fresh in the minds of the people, two persons were killed and 13 others sustained injuries in a similar mishap on Alur main road in the town, on Sunday. Several vehicles and buildings were also damaged in the melee.

The victims have been identified as Srinivas (24) and Kariaiah (29), both residents of Ambedkar Nagar, in the town. They were among the ginger plantation labourers, who were waiting by the roadside for vehicles to pick them up.

Brake failure
Police sources said, the driver lost control over the vehicle following brake failure. In an attempt to avoid colliding head on with a lorry, the driver manoeuvred the steering and the vehicle hit against several vehicles, buildings and also people. The bus was bound for Alur from Bikodu in Belur taluk.

Finally, when the bus stopped after getting trapped in an open drainage, hitting against a car, the people, who were shell-shocked resorted to a snap stir. Eye-witnesses said, if the bus had not stopped, thanks to the open drain, the damage would have been enormous.

Police personnel and KSRTC officials rushed to the spot. On their arrival, they had to face the wrath of the agitators. Assistant Superintendent of Police Rashmi and KSRTC Devisional Controller Kalyan Kumar found it difficult to pacify the people.

The agitators also shouted slogans against the alleged inaction of the MLA and other people’s representatives, recalling their long-pending demand for widening of the road. The injured persons were treated at the Taluk Government Hospital, some of them were shifted to the District Hospital for further treatment.
DH News Service

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