A 35-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by an Indian Air Force school bus at Yeoor forest gate in Thane early on Saturday morning. The brakes of the bus had failed and the driver was trying to save the children he was ferrying, the police said.
Snehal Harad, a resident of Tulsidham Society on Ghodbunder Road, was taken to a private hospital where she was declared dead before admission. The bus driver, Ranjeeth Kushvaha, 33 , was arrested by the Vartaknagar police station.
Around 7am, Snehal and her husband Chandrakant, 40, were on their way to Yeoor forest for their daily morning walk. “The bus was coming from the air force station at Yeoor and was on its way to Kendriya Vidyalaya School in Kolshet. On the way down, the driver realised that the brakes of the bus had failed. The driver managed to pass two turns without hurting anyone,” said Ashok Morale, deputy commissioner of police, zone 5.
The bus conductor, Ganesh, got off the bus and alerted passers-by to get out of the way. The driver, however, was concerned since he was ferrying around 40 students to school. “Near the Yeoor forest gate, the Harads saw the bus and ran in the opposite direction. While Ranjeeth went to the right, Snehal went in the other direction – where the bus was headed. The bus hit her and she suffered a serious head injury,” said Morale, adding that the driver was booked under section 304 (a) (causing death due to negligence) of the IPC.
None of the school students suffered injuries. Snehal’s body was sent to the Thane Civil Hospital for post-mortem.