Thirteen students,two teachers,a driver and cleaner were injured after their school bus collided with a BEST bus near the Nahur bridge in Mulund on Monday morning.
Police said the accident occurred when the driver of BEST bus no 522,Shantaram Nivase,lost control and collided head-on with the bus belonging to Airoli-based EuroSchool. The bus,with 50 people aboard,was on its way to the school after picking up students from Nahur.
Three students Rutvi Shah and K Manoj Kumar from junior KG,and Raayith Rane from Class I and teachers Smita Gupta and Vidhatri Kataria were admitted in Fortis Hospital at Mulund,while others were taken to Agarwal Hospital for first aid. Only Shah is still in hospital.
The impact of the collision was such that the front of the school bus was crushed while the windshield of the BEST bus was reduced to pieces. Commuters and local residents rushed to the spot and pulled out victims from the bus.
The police have registered a case and are investigating the cause of the accident. The school bus driver claims that the BEST bus lost control due to overspeeding while the BEST bus driver alleged that the accident happened because the other driver was trying to overtake. Only after the investigations are over will we grill the drivers. We have recorded their statements, said Sub-Inspector S Patil From Navghar police station.
The police suspect that one of the drivers might have been overspeeding while the other might have failed to gauge the layout of the road near the Nahur bridge.
The injured students and staff were rushed to the nearby Fortis Hospital in Mulund (West). The police are investigating the matter and EuroKids is providing complete cooperation to resolve the issue at the earliest, said Natasha Mehta,principal of EuroSchools.