A 70-year-old senior citizen died after she was knocked down by a speeding school bus in Mulund (east) on Thursday morning.
The accident occurred around 7.45 am at Navghar road. The deceased was later identified as Mangala Rane, resident of Tata Colony, who had gone to Sambhaji garden for her morning walk when the accident took place. The garden is a popular location among locals because it has a jogging track. “The bus driver had picked up students from various locations and was heading to the school in Airoli at Navi Mumbai when the accident occurred,” said an officer from Navghar police station.
Investigations revealed that Rane was crossing the road when the bus knocked her down. “She came under the left front wheels. We know that from the injury marks on her stomach. She sustained grievous internal injuries and succumbed on spot,” said the officer.
The accident took place at a spot that has considerable traffic because of its proximity to the Eastern Express Highway (EEH). “The police reached the spot. Rane was declared dead at a nearby private hospital,’ said the officer.
The driver of the bus, identified as one Nadar, was detained at the spot itself. “Another bus was arranged for the students to go to school. We will look into his papers and that of the contractor,” said the officer. Nadar has been booked under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Police said that they are looking for eye-witnesses. “We will conduct a medical examination on Nadar to ascertain if he was inebriated while driving,” said the officer.
Second school bus accident in a fortnight
On July 28, two students on a motorcycle lost their lives in a freak accident. Kushal Omprakash Yadav and Shravan W Borana, both 20 years of age and residents of Antop hill died in the accident that occurred on the road opposite Champalal estate building in Sion (west) at around 8.30am.
The two were commerce students at Rajarshi Shahu and were heading to their college. Yadav and Borana lived close to each other near Antop church. Borana picked up Yadav from his place after which they were heading to college.
When they reached the road opposite Champalal estate building in Sion (west) at around 8.30am, the driver of a Sedan suddenly opened the driver’s door of the car. The two swerved in order to avoid an accident and feel over.
A speeding school bus coming from the opposite direction crashed head on to the Activa because of which Borana and Yadav fell on the road and sustained grievous injuries.