In stark contrast to the behaviour of a driver in Pune, who went berserk, killing 9 people and injuring 40 others two days ago, an alert DTC driver on Friday risked his life to save not only his passengers but many others on the road.
Forty-year-old DTC driver Sanjay (who goes by a single name) showed immense presence of mind after he realised the brakes of the bus had suddenly stopped working.
Sanjay said most of the passengers had boarded the bus from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and that the brake was fine when the bus stopped at Shankar Road roundabout.
"Some vehicles had stopped at the traffic signal. To avoid hitting them, the driver first turned left but a biker was right in front. He had planned to ram the bus into a wall. He then immediately turned right and entered a service lane. He wanted to ram the bus from the left side but since he had entered the lane from the wrong side, he had to hit a wall from on the right side," a senior police officer said.
On his part, Sanjay said, "My priority was to avoid hitting anyone on the road and then to minimise the damage for those inside the bus. I knew that if I hit the bus from its right side, it would hurt me but I was ready to die to save others." Three passengers faced minor injuries and were discharged after first aid.
Brahm Datt, the conductor, said, "We had no time to react as Sanjay said the brake was not working. We were on a slope and, though the speed was 30km/hr, it was difficult to control the bus. Sanjay's experience and courage saved many lives."
The bus, plying on route number 970, was coming from CGO complex and going towards Rohini.
"We got the bus mechanically examined and have taken statements of eyewitnesses. There was no fault of the driver,” said DC Srivastava, additional CP (central).
DTC spokesperson Sharat Kumar said, "Our drivers check the bus on various parameters every morning before taking the bus out of the depot. The driver reported no fault in the morning. We are investigating the exact cause of the accident."