2 killed as MSRTC bus rams into stationary truck near Mauda

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Dec 2017 10:21:44


Staff Reporter,

Twenty-four passengers injured, six are critical

The truck was stranded in the middle of the road

A car following the MSRTC bus also got involved in the mishap

Driver of MSRTC bus and a passenger were killed while 24 other passengers sustained injuries when their bus rammed into a stationary truck near Mahalgaon on Bhandara road. The mishap occurred 15 kms from city under jurisdiction of Mauda police station on Sunday morning.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the truck, laden with bitumen, was stationed in the middle of the busy road.
Such was the intensity of the impact that the bus driver’s cabin and three front rows of passengers seat were mangled. Following the mishap, traffic movement on busy Bhandara-Nagpur road came to a grinding halt for an hour.
The injured were admitted to separate hospitals including Mayo hospital. Condition of six injured passengers is critical.
The deceased are identified as bus driver Hemant Pralhad Kapse (30), a resident of Shilewada, District Gondia, and Indusan Thakre (70), a resident of Bagheda, District Bhandara.

According to information, the accident occurred at 10 am. The MSRTC bus (MH-40/8995) was heading towards Tumsar
from Nagpur. While passing from Mahalgaon village, the bus rammed into a stationary truck (MH-31/CB-419) as the bus driver failed to notice it in time. A car following the bus rammed into it. However, the car driver escaped unhurt.
A police officer informed ‘The Hitavada’ that the bus was moving at a speed of around 70 km/hour when it rammed into the truck. The truck was stranded in the middle of the road as one of its front tyres got burst. The bus driver might have failed to realise that the truck was stationary. The speeding bus rammed into the truck even after the driver applied brakes, he added.

Soon after the accident, the traffic movement on Nagpur-Bhandara road was blocked. Villagers, other vehicle passengers and workers of a company rushed to the rescue of the injured passengers who were trapped in side the mangled bus. The injured were made to lay down by the roadside while they were yelling for medical help.
The bus driver was killed on the spot. His body was extracted from the cabin after cutting the mangled portion with the use of a cutter machine.

Along with ambulances, the MSRTC management pressed into a special bus to ferry the injured passengers to hospitals.
The injured persons are identified as Rahul Indrabhushan Ramteke (32), a resident of Plot No. 181, Om Nagar, Nagpur; Pankaj Gunvantrao Madame (55), a resident of Indora, Balkrishna Mohalla, Nagpur; Khushal Daulat Borkute (65), a resident of Pardi, Shiv Nagar slums, Nagpur; bus conductor Bhaurao Pandurang Nipane (57), a resident of Bhandara; Dharmik Manik Raut (20), a resident of Gawalepada, Nakadongri, Tumsar, District Bhandara; Minakshi Laxminarayan Choupkar (50), a resident of Nehru Nagar, Nagpur; Devendra Parasram Gabhane (54), a resident of Ratan Heights, Besa Road, Ghogali; Ashish Arvind Akre (40), a resident of Plot No. 207, Gadge Nagar, Besa, Nagpur; Archana Devendra Gabhane (39), a resident of Besa and her son Piyush (8); Sangita Vijay Gajbhiye (42), a resident of Sirsi, Bela; Ashokarao Prayag Verma (45), Dinesh Ayodhyaprasada Verma (40), Dinaprasad Vishwanath Barai (45), all residents of Garoba Maidan, Nagpur; Biseshwarprasad Verma (75), a resident of Itwari, Nagpur.

Mauda police booked the truck driver under Sections 279, 337, 338, 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code read with sub-sections 184, 134 and 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Injured passengers’valuables stolen

After the mishap, the injured passengers were rescued
from the bus with the help of villagers and occupants of other vehicles. There was chaos among the passengers to get out of the bus. Many were taken out of the bus without their bags and valuables. Taking advantage of the situation, unknown persons made way with the luggage and valuables of the passengers.

An injured passenger Priyanka Kubde informed ‘the Hitavada’ that her gold mangalsutra, a bag, a cellphone and and purse of her husband were stolen after they were rescued from the bus.