1 burnt to death in crash
A speeding dumper truck collided with a packed Blueline bus at Tilak Marg early on Sunday. The impact set the bus on fire and one person was burnt to death, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: Mar 09, 2009 02:14 IST
A speeding dumper truck collided with a packed Blueline bus at Tilak Marg early on Sunday. The impact set the bus on fire and one person was burnt to death.
Passengers trapped inside the bus broke open its windows to escape. As many as 22 of them were injured. There were around 60 people on board when the accident took place.
Police said the mishap took place at half past four in the morning.
The bus, plying on route 502 between Old Delhi Railway Station and Mehrauli, was making its first trip from the railway station.
“The truck was carrying mud and was going from Bhagwan Das Road towards Pragati Maidan. After hitting the bus, the truck fell on its side. And the bus caught fire. Around 60 people were in the bus at that time. Some managed to get out the exit gates others broke windows and escaped,” said a senior police officer.
Passengers said driver Pappu Kumar tried to save the bus from colliding but the truck hit it head-on near Bhagwan Das Road. Kumar is critically injured and has been admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
“I have just arrived from Allahabad. The truck hit us with such impact from the front that the whole bus shook violently. Thank God I am alive,” said Rajesh Kumar, a passenger.
The driver of the truck and its helper fled after the incident.
The dead and the injured
The person burnt to death is yet to to be identified. Injuries range from concussions, cuts sustained while breaking the windows and burn injuries.
Emergency medical services were quickly pressed in. The police also took the injured in their PCR vans. Five of the injured, including the driver, were admitted to RML Hospital and 17 were admitted at LNJP Hospital.
“We had to break the windows as the whole bus was on fire. It happened so fast we did not even have the time to react,” said Raj Kumar, one of the passengers.
Major tragedy averted
A major tragedy was averted because of the timely arrival of the fire services. Two fire engines doused the fire before it could spread to the nearby residential area.
The police have registered a case against the driver of the truck.