Updated: September 19, 2015 9:24:34 am
A DTC cluster bus ran over two people in North Delhi’s Kotwali area after its driver died at the steering due to a suspected heart attack Friday.
Panic gripped people and commuters after the orange bus lurched wildly on HC Sen Road, hitting at least 10 vehicles around 2.45 pm, according to eyewitnesses. The bus careened for around 5 metres, scattering traffic and people, the eyewitnesses said, adding the area was crowded because a school had just finished for the day.
The bus mowed down 21-year-old Suraj, a resident of the area, and 48-year-old auto driver Keshav, police said.
Sanjay, a laundryman who was drying clothes on the divider on the main road said, “The bus first hit the young man and dragged his body a short distance. Then it hit a tempo carrying empty water canisters. Then it swerved and hit an autorickshaw before bumping into a couple of cars. Then it came to a stop. The driver of the autorickshaw came under the wheels of the bus while jumping from his vehicle to save himself.”
The bus stopped abruptly just outside Kotwali police station, eyewitnesses said. Amid chaos, locals poured out of shops and homes. Police officials came running out of Kotwali police station. Traffic came to a complete halt in the area for around an hour.
Vishakh, a resident of the area, said, “My uncle used a jack from a nearby shop to raise the bus and pull out the body of the youth. We entered the bus, which was empty save for an old woman who was banging on the windows to be let out. After rescuing her, we went up to the driver and began verbally abusing him. But we found him slumped across the dashboard, unconscious and bleeding from his head. We called in a driver and asked him to turn the ignition off because the bus engine was still on.”
Police identified the bus driver as Wajid Ali (40), a resident of Khajoori Khas. According to the police, Ali was found unconscious and rushed to trauma centre, where he was declared brought dead. He might have suffered a stroke or seizure, but the cause of death will be established once the post-mortem report comes, official sources said.
DCP (North) Madhur Verma said, “A case has been registered and investigations are on. The three bodies have been sent for post-mortem.”
Police said CCTV cameras in the area were not functional. “We will be able to retrieve footage tomorrow from the shopfront cameras. After the incident, the entire market shut down and the shopkeepers dispersed,” an inspector on duty said.
Bus driver had angioplasty sometime ago
Police sources said that Wajid Ali, the driver of the DTC bus, had undergone an angioplasty sometime ago. He forcibly joined work a few days ago even before he had fully recovered, sources added.
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