Speeding while taking a sharp turn led to the double decker bus accident at Bandra on Friday evening, according to prima facie investigations by the Kherwadi police.
“The fact that Friday was a public holiday and the roads were relatively empty may have encouraged the driver to go at a high speed. However, he did not bother to slow down even while taking a turn, which resulted in the bus overturning. We have booked the driver under the relevant sections of the IPC,” said Avdut Chavan, senior inspector Kherwadi police station.
The fact that it was a public holiday, however, also ensured that the traffic situation did not go out of control. “Had it been a normal working day, the traffic situation would have been difficult to handle as the incident took place during peak hours,” said an official from the traffic police control room. “We could manage to bring the traffic situation under control within an hour as relatively fewer vehicles were present on the streets,” he said. The BEST administration has announced a detailed inquiry into the incident. If the driver is found guilty, necessary action will be taken as per the rules, said Ashok Patil, chairman of the BEST Committee.
He also said the BEST would compensate the injured passengers and the family of the biker, who died in the accident. “As per rules we have extended immediate compensation of Rs50,000 to the relatives of the deceased,” he said.
The driver of the bus, Jalinder Bhosle, had joined BEST five years ago, and did not have any history of serious accidents. Patil said: “He may have lost control when he was trying to save the biker, as it was a 90 degree turn.”
Ravi Raja, member of the BEST committee, said: “Some new drivers drive very roughly. Only seasoned drivers should be allowed to drive double decker buses.” BEST employee unions said buses were not maintained properly, and there was pressure on the employees due to shortage of staff.