‘Breakfree’ DTC bus crushes cyclist, injures six others
A 70-year-old cyclist was killed and six others, including a woman, were injured when a speeding Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus hit them in west Delhi on Sunday morning, police said. HT reports.delhi Updated: May 28, 2012 00:35 IST
A 70-year-old cyclist was killed and six others, including a woman, were injured when a speeding Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus hit them in west Delhi on Sunday morning, police said.
"The errant bus, an old-model DTC which was plying on route number 835 (between Jaffarpur Kalan and Tilak Nagar), was heading towards west Delhi's Tilak Nagar at the time of the accident," said a senior police officer.
According to police, the victim, identified as Kapil Dev Sharma, a resident of Uttam Nagar and a labourer by profession, was riding home with another cyclist, Dileep Kumar, on the Vikaspuri More when the accident took place at around 9:30 am.
"As soon as the vehicle crossed the Uttam Nagar red light and was about to enter the Vikaspuri area, the driver lost control and ended-up running into two cyclists and a cycle rickshaw," he said.
Police said the injured have been identified as Sheela and her son Naresh, who were travelling in the rickshaw, and two pedestrians, Nitin and Naresh.
All the victims, according to police, were rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital after onlookers alerted the control room where Kapil was declared brought dead by doctors while the others were discharged after being administered minor first aid.
"The errant driver, who was arrested from the spot and has been identified as Surender Sharma, blamed the accident on faulty brakes and claimed that he had tried to avoid a major accident by taking a sharp left turn and ramming the uncontrollable bus into a tree to ensure that it came to a stop," said the officer. Police said there were around six to ten passengers travelling on the bus at the time of the accident but none of them were injured.