Man dies as tree falls on bus shelter

Man dies as tree falls on bus shelter

A man was killed on the spot when a huge tree crashed on a bus shelter at Anepalya during the Friday evening thunderstorm.

The identity of the dead is yet to be established. Five others injured in the accident are out of danger. Phakirappa, 45, a resident of Kudlu Gate; Prakash D’Souza, 29, of Electronics City; Praveen Kumar, 35, of Begur; Sharath, 27, of New Tippasandra and Sheela Joy, 33, of Koramangala, are the injured. Praveen Kumar is being treated as an inpatient, while the four others were discharged, said DCP (Central) Sandeep Patil.

The uprooted tree blocked the busy Madiwala Road for more than two hours, leaving scores of vehicles and road users stranded in the rain. The Madiwala police, fire department personnel and BBMP staff cleared the tree from the spot after a marathon operation.

The incident had its impact on the traffic on Brigade Road, MG Road, Shanthi Nagar, Ashok Nagar and surrounding roads. Normalcy was restored around 9 pm.

Mahadevaswamy, one of the persons who escaped the tree fall, narrated the incident to Deccan Herald. He said he parked his bike when it started raining and took cover with 15 other people inside the Anepalya bus shelter. Minutes later, the tree came crashing down. Some managed to escape, while a few others, including a woman, were struck by the branches, he said.

Basavanna, Chief Fire Officer, said the control room received the call at 5.39 pm. “We rushed a rescue team of 30 men to the spot. The police and BBMP men also joined the fire personnel. Two earthmovers and other machines were used to cut the branches. We recovered the body of a man aged about 40 years,” he said.

The police deployed additional forces and blocked the road till the tree was cleared.
Bengaluru Urban District in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy, local MLA N A Harris, Bangaluru City Police Commissioner M N Reddi and other senior officers visited the spot and supervised the rescue operations.

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