Driver, teen killed as bus rams into trailer on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway
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Driver, teen killed as bus rams into trailer on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway

A bus with 53 passengers heading towards Goa ran into a trailer that was parked on the fast lane of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway. The bus driver and a 16-year-old passenger died in the incident while others escaped with minor injuries.

mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2017 09:05 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
Gujarat,Goa,Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway
Mangled remains of the bus after the accident.(Santosh Patil)

Two people were killed and 16 injured when a bus travelling from Gujarat to Goa rammed into a trailer parked on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway around 4am on Monday.

According to the police, the bus was carrying 53 passengers, including 13 children, from Rajkot in Gujarat and was heading towards Goa on the fast track lane of the highway. A police source said that the bus driver Shailesh Kumar Mejram Rajput (40) had either fallen asleep or could not control the speeding bus when it ran into the trailer parked in front of it.

“The engine of the bus caught fire because of the collision and Rajput was charred to death. We suspect that he had fallen asleep at the wheel as he had been driving for long hours. We are awaiting the post mortem report to check if he was drunk,” said assistant inspector Manoj Chalke of Manor police station. “A 16-year-old passenger Dennis Arvindbhai Sudani who was sitting beside Rajput was severely injured. He was taken to Manor Rural Hospital but he succumbed to his injuries during treatment,” he added.

Dennis’ grandmother Sonaben Siyar, 60, said, “My grandson was sitting next to the driver as he loved driving and wanted to become a driver when he grew up. But now we have lost him forever.”

Sixteen other passengers on the bus suffered injuries and fractures but none of them are critical. They were given first aid and two of them were admitted in a Surat hospital.

“The driver of the trailer should have parked the trailer on the slow lane and he should have switched on the parking lights. We have booked both the drivers for rash driving and causing death due to negligence,” said Chalke.

The police had to call in cranes to pull away the mangled remains of the bus and the trailer. Because of this, towards Mumbai was held up for two hours.

First Published: May 08, 2017 19:18 IST