Bus falls off highway in East Delhi, 1 killed
A private bus, ferrying 40 office-goers from Nehru Place to Ghaziabad, met with an accident near a slum cluster in Pandav Nagar in East Delhi on Wednesday evening.delhi Updated: Jun 25, 2009 02:12 IST
A private bus, ferrying 40 office-goers from Nehru Place to Ghaziabad, met with an accident near a slum cluster in Pandav Nagar in East Delhi on Wednesday evening.
The bus driver was killed, the police said.
Eyewitnesses said the bus driver in a bid to save a child swerved to the left side of the road, hit a footpath and fell down vertically.
The slum dwellers helped rescue the occupants of the bus before the police or the fire tenders reached the spot.
The police said 14 people were injured in the mishap.
The bus fell from NH-24 which is at a height of almost 20 feet from the ground level.
The bus was coming from Nehru Place and was on way to Ghaziabad.
National Highway-24 remained clogged after the accident. Movement of vehicles towards Ghaziabad was severely affected for several hours.
“We were returning from office when we felt a sudden jolt. We were dazed and were rushed to hospital. It was a miraculous escape,” said Jyoti Bala, a survivor. The bus driver identified as Raj Bahadur (35) died on the spot.
The incident was reported around 7.40 p.m. on Wednesday.
“Our children were playing below the highway. The bus landed just a few inches from us,” said Satish Singh, a labourer who lives in the shanties below the highway.
“There was a deafening sound and we could hear people screaming for help.”
A call was made to the PCR and fire tenders rushed to the spot.
“We rescued several people. They were all screaming for help,” said Poonam, another eyewitness. “The bus hit a mound of sand below.”
The injured were rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital (LBS) where they were provided first aid.
Late on Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit visited the hospital to meet the victims.
Further investigations were on.