Kullu HRTC bus accident: Taxi driver, who allegedly meddled with bus controls, arrested
Shimla – The Himachal Pradesh Road Transportation Corporation bus, that had rolled down into a gorge on the Anni-Jalori road in Kullu district on Tuesday morning, killed five people including two women and injured about nine other passengers.
Three passengers died on the spot while two others died at the hospital. Two injured passengers were referred to the Indira Gandhi Medical College while others were receiving treatment at the Anni and Banjar hospitals, Deputy Superintendent Anni, Baldev Thakur.
The cause of the accident was reported to be a scuffle between the bus driver and a taxi driver over the road blockage due to the bus, said reports
The bus was parked on the roadside on the Anni-Jalori road near Mashnu Nullah. Both the driver and conductor were standing outside near a tea stall.
There were around 25 passengers but only 13 were inside the bus when the taxi driver got into the bus and meddled with the controls. The bus moved backward and rolled down hundreds of meters down into a gorge.
A local standing at a distance also captured the accident with mobile phone and the video went viral on the social media.
The accident was so horrifying that it ripped apart the bus.
The taxi driver, who was identified as Inderjeet Singh, allegedly jumped from the bus and fled the scene in a wounded condition. However, later the police reportedly nabbed Inderjeet from a hospital. He was taken into police custody and was being interrogated.
School children praised for helping in rescue work
Children of nearby Government Senior Secondary School Khanag, who were celebrating the Independence Day, were the first arrive as rescuers along with other locals present on the spot. School children displayed bravery and carried injured upto the road.
The school children were appreciated by everyone who came across one of their photos posted on social media.
The district administration provided an immediate relief of Rs. 20000 to the family of the deceased while injured were given Rs. 10000 relief. The Transport GS Bali said an inquiry will be conducted in the case.
Apathy of Govt towards road condition
The locals also held the poor condition of the congested road responsible for the accident. Locals said the road becomes highly risky during monsoon every year. The administration is not serious to find a permanent solution.