A 24-year-old shop worker was killed and two women injured when the driver of a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus lost control over the vehicle near the Kalagram light point on Tuesday morning.
The two-wheeler that was hit by the bus before it ran over the footpath, crushing the cyclist to death; (below) the cycle of the victim, Ajay Mukhiya, (inset) entangled in the bus at the Kalagram light point on Tuesday.
The driver, Kahan Chand, (43) was employed with the CTU four months ago and eyewitnesses say the bus first hit a two-wheeler woman rider from the rear, ran over the edge of the footpath and hit a woman fruit-seller, before crushing the cyclist, Ajay Mukhiya, a resident of Charan Singh Colony in Manimajra.
The bus had started from the Command Hospital in Chandimandir and was heading towards the Sector-43 ISBT.
The woman riding the twowheeler was identified as Rachna and the fruit seller has been identified as Ramwati. Both have been admitted to separate hospitals with severe injuries.
The driver, who was arrested, had initially tried to escape. He was shifted to the police Gypsy to save him from the mob.
The victim, Ajay, was cycling down to work at a crockery shop in Sector 19, when the bus, which had already injured the two women, crushed him under the front wheel. The cycle was dragged for a distance and remained entangled in the bus. A police Gypsy rushed the injured to General Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16. Ajay was declared brought dead, while the Ramwati was referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Institute and Research (PGIMER).
A case has been registered under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304-A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been registered against the driver.
TRAFFIC BLOCKED, CONDUCTOR FAINTS
The accident during the peak hours left commuters stranded as the bus was left parked in the middle of the road.
The traffic jam lasted for about 30 minutes. The conductor fainted after seeing the victim, Ajay, in a pool of blood.
VICTIM SURVIVED BY 6-YEAR-OLD SON
The 24-year-old Ajay hailing from Bihar had been staying in Chandigarh for the last 10 years. He was married about two years back and had a sixyear-old son. He had started from Mauli Jagran. His brother-inlaw Ravi said, “We got a call from the police that Ajay had met with an accident. We rushed to the spot and found him dead.”
BANK EMPLOYEE INJURED
Rachna Verma, employed with Uco Bank, had started from her house in Sector 4 Panchkula to reach her office in Sector 17