Fatal Delhi roads: 2 killed, 6 injured as speeding tempo rams parked DTC bus in Rohini
The tempo crashed into a bus that had broken down in Rohini and was being repaired. The Delhi police have arrested the tempo driver.Updated: Aug 11, 2017 23:07 IST
Two men, both DTC drivers, were killed and seven others were injured in two related accidents that took place in outer Delhi’s Rohini on Thursday night and Friday early morning.
Most of the injured, sources said, were mechanics and DTC staffers who were repairing a lowfloor bus that had broken down on the roadside near Madhuban Chowk in Rohini.
The bus being repaired, a green DTC lowfloor, operated on route number 982 between New Seemapuri and Sultanpuri and had developed a snag around 11.30 pm on Thursday, while passing through an underpass at Madhuban Chowk.
The driver, Pramod Kumar, stopped the bus and requested the passengers to deboard. He then parked the bus on the right side of the road and called for help. “Once a bus breaks down, it is very difficult to push and move the vehicle. The bus broke down on the right side of the road and stayed there,” explained Pramod’s father-in-law, who retired from DTC himself.
As a mechanic worked on the bus to get it running again, Pramod and bus conductor, Sumit, started diverting traffic away from the vehicle.
It was at that moment that the first accidet took place when a speeding motorcyclist hit Sumit, leaving him with a fractured hand.
Sumit and the motorcyclist Bhubaneshwar Jha — who too was injured — were rushed to a hospital by the mechanic.
Meanwhile, DTC sent three more mechanics and a driver, Sunil Kumar, to help with the repair of the bus and traffic management.
While Sunil took up the task of diverting traffic, Pramod held up a torch to the mechanics working on the snag. Around 12.30am, the second accident took place when when an allegedly speeding Tata 407 mini truck hit Sunil and Pramod, dragged them and came to a stop after ramming into the rear of the bus.
The imapct of the hit was such that Sunil and Pramod were sandwiched between the two vehicles. According to investigators, the mangled remains of Pramod’s body entered the bus’ engine and it took them almost two hours to recover them.
The other injured persons included the three mechanics, the minitruck driver and his helper. The accident was reported to the police control room by Naresh, a Rohini resident, who was returning home on a motorcycle with his wife and child.
“I saw some men wriggling in pain on the road. I peeped inside the damaged truck and saw the driver badly injured. When I tried to bring him out, he asked me not to touch him because of the nature of his injuries,” said Naresh.
Police reached the spot in 10-15 minutes and rushed the victims to various hospitals in the city. Two of the injured continue to remain in a serious condition. Police said they have arrested the truck driver, 54-year-old, Karan.
Investigators said they were not sure whether the driver was drunk or had dozed off or if the accident was caused by an error of judgement. A case of causing death by negligence and rash driving has been registered against Karan and further investigations are on.
First Published: Aug 11, 2017 11:16 IST