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Alert driver rams bus into wall to save passengers, fined

delhi Updated: Mar 07, 2012 02:15 IST
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A jam-packed DTC bus, plying on route No 73 from Hari Nagar to Anand Vihar ISBT, allegedly rammed into the roundabout’s boundary wall and sped straightway to a park at Mandi House on Tuesday.

The bus driver said the vehicle’s brake had developed some snag, so he had to speed towards the park to save the lives of commuters. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has refuted his claims. "The brakes of the bus were functioning properly," said a DTC official. However, he added, "The driver did so while trying to avoid collision with a three-wheeler."

DTC’s CMD Rajeev Verma did not respond to phone calls and text messages.

More than 70 passengers were travelling in the bus. They said it was the driver’s alertness which averted a major accident.

"Instead of moving towards the left, the driver drove the bus straight and rammed it into the round-about's boundary wall. We were scared when the driver told us that the brakes had failed and he had no option but to ram the vehicle into the park's round-about wall," said Krishen Dev, a passenger.

"Had he not acted in time, so many lives would have been in danger. The driver's alertness did not only save us, but also pedestrians," said Rajesh Verma, another passenger.

Kalidas, 46, the driver, said the bus was working alright when he had started. "When I realised that the brakes were not functioning, I decided to ram the bus into the roundabout wall," said Kalidas, who has been driving for DTC for the past four years.

Though there have been a few cases of brake snags in DTC's old standard-floor buses, this is the first time that the hydraulic braking system of a low-floor bus developed some glitch. The corporation pays huge money to Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland — the manufacturers who have sold buses to the DTC, for maintenance of the fleet.

The police, however, did not think that the driver's effort was extraordinary and he was fined for dangerous driving.

“He should have checked before taking the bus out of depot. We have not registered any case, but the driver was fined Rs 1,000,” said a senior traffic police officer.