Six injured as PRTC bus goes out of control due to ‘brake failure’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2016 15:46 IST
A bus, which went out of control in Patiala on Thursday, came to a holt after it hit an electricity pole. (HT Photos)

A bus (PB 11 Z 5603) of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), the brakes of which reportedly failed on Thursday, left at least six people injured after it collided with the same number of vehicles at the light point near the bus stand here. It was carrying around 35 passengers, The victims had to be rushed to Government Rajindra Hospital.

When the bus, which was returning from Nabha, arrived in the middle of the bus stand flyover, its brakes failed and the driver lost control over it.

The slide of the flyover added to its speed and the bus first collided with a mini-truck (PB 12 B 9740) from behind. The bus took the truck along with it and the vehicle rammed into a bike (PB 11 BP 3509) and two scooters (PB 11 BC 6725 and PB 08 AS 2149) and a Dzire (PB 11 J 0113) and a Scorpio. Both cars were damaged in the accident.

The bus also ran over the road divider, which was almost 2-foot high, and stopped after ramming into an electricity pole. However, passengers in the bus and drivers of cars escaped unhurt.

The bikes were however, completely damaged as the bus ran over them. However, bike drivers suffered injuries as they fell off the vehicles. However, there was no casualty.

Passengers in the bus said, the driver informed them about the failure of brakes and they started shouting from inside the bus to inform other people coming in front of it.

They added that the screams helped a lot to clear the way, but some two-wheelers came under the bus as it ran over the divider.

Jaswinder Singh, conductor of the bus, said that the driver of the bus managed the bus as he was an experienced driver. He added that he knowingly bumped the bus into the truck, but due to the flyover slope, the speed did not decrease and the bus continued to hit vehicles.

`Rash driving’

However, the police have registered a case under sections 279 (rash and negligence driving), 337 (causing hurt by an act which endangers human life) and 427 (causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Station house officer (SHO), Urban Estate police station, Punit Singh Chahal, said that there might be a possibility of the failure of brakes but chances of negligence also could not be ruled out as it collided with several vehicles with a force and speed.

He said that they are waiting for the nod of doctors to record statements of the injured persons.

Close shave for many others

Several other people were also standing with their bikes on the same point from where the bus rammed into two bikes, but they were left unharmed.

Amrinder Singh, a passerby, said for a moment, he did not understand what had happened as he first took it for a sound of a blast.

“I just turned my bike towards the left and saw the bus hitting another vehicle running over the divider,” he said.

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