January 3, 2015 4:31:45 am
One person died while three others were injured when a CTU bus hit a cycle-rickshaw in Sector 42 on Friday afternoon.
The bus, which went out of control and ran into the pavement, was later overturned by the police after eyewitnesses said they suspected that one person was trapped underneath it. However, it turned out to be a false alarm and it took several hours for the police to turn the bus upright again, during which the road remained blocked.
The deceased has been identified as Raghuvir Vashisht (62), a resident of Nangal in Punjab, who was the passenger on the rickshaw. Police have booked the bus driver, Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Khizrabad village in Mohali for causing death due to negligence. The incident took place around 12.45 pm near the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology.
The bus in question, which started from ISBT-43, had picked up around 50 women students from outside the Government College for Girls in Sector 42, and was headed towards Sector 41 when a rickshaw came in its way.
Bus driver Bhupinder Singh said, “I was driving straight down the road when the rickshaw appeared from nowhere. I suddenly applied brakes, and swerved to a side, but the bus hit the rickshaw and got onto the pavement.”
Rickshaw puller Pramod Ram, passenger Vashisht and two persons standing on the pavement, Shatrughan and Ankita, were injured. Police rushed Vashisht to PGI where he was declared brought dead. Others were taken to GMSH-16, where their condition is now said to be stable.
The bus was overturned and the area cordoned off by the police. Bhupinder initially fled the scene, but surrendered later.
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