In the third incident involving a school bus within a week, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy was crushed to death at Annanur near Avadi on the outskirts of Chennai early on Tuesday.
Last week, a girl fell through a hole on the floor of her school bus and got mowed down by the bus and another three-and-a-half-year-old girl came under the wheels of her own school bus as she was crossing the road to reach home.
On Monday morning, it was little Sanjay, who was run over by the school bus that came to pick up his two elder brothers. The toddler had followed his mother out of the house unseen by her, when she came out to see off his two school going siblings.
Even as Santosh, a Class 1 student and Sudhakar studying in LKG got into the bus and it began to move away, Meena shrieked. To her horror, she had just then realised that Sanjay had followed her and moved to near the rear wheel of the bus when it started rolling out. Even before she could react, Meena saw her baby boy being smashed. He died instantly.
Upon hearing her shrieks, bystanders got the driver, Mohan, to stop the bus.
Upon realising what had happened, the driver fled the spot, even as angry bystanders started gathering.
“I don’t know how he went near the bus,” a wailing Meena told a television channel. Her husband, Anand runs a tea stall near Avadi railway station.
The driver ran away as people started gathering perhaps to beat him up, said a police inspector investigating the case. Later, police arrested the driver.