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School bus crashes into cars at Marine Drive

mumbai Updated: Sep 11, 2012 01:28 IST
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One woman was injured, and two cars badly damaged, after a speeding school bus ran into them at Marine Drive on Monday afternoon.

The woman, Jigna Shah, 37, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Bombay hospital for treatment.

The police have arrested the bus driver and booked him for rash and negligent driving.

The accident occurred at the south-bound signal outside Taraporewala aquarium at around 2.45 pm.

The police said the signal was red, and a luxury bus, followed by a Swift and a Hyundai i10, had stopped at the signal. The bus, which ferries students of the Alexandra Girls High School, then crashed into one of the stationary cars.

The driver, Ajinkya Vasant Uttekar, 27, was unable to stop the bus that crashed into the i10, which went on to hit the Swift in front of it, which in turn hit the luxury bus. BS Pawar, inspector of Marine Drive police station said, “The rear ends of both the cars were badly damaged in the accident. The bus driver claimed that he applied brakes; however, they failed, leading to the accident. The regional transport office will now inspect the bus to ascertain if there is a problem with the brakes.”

The bus was returning to the school after dropping children back home.

The officials said that Shah had hired the Swift (a tourist vehicle) and was on her way from Andheri to Ballard Pier to attend a business meeting. Dr Chetan Shah, who works at Bombay Hospital, was in the i10 and escaped without any injuries.

The police have booked Uttekar under various IPC sections, including 279 (rash driving), and he will be produced in a local court on Tuesday.