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Driver saves 12 kids as bus catches fire after accident with KTM Duke


KTM Duke rider rams into a school bus resulting in the bus catching fire.

An 18-year-old biker crashed into a school bus at the Kanakpura Road in Bengaluru. It was a narrow escape for 12 school kids aboard the bus which burst into flames after the biker lost control while taking a corner and crashed into the bus’ fuel tank. Biker Venkatesh died in the accident.

Venkatesh, 18, a student of Vijaya College and his female friend were returning from WonderLa amusement park on the KTM Duke and were riding towards Tataguni Estate. The accident occurred at around 4.15 when the school bus of Sri Manjunatha School with 12 kids on board was going towards Agara to drop the kids back home. The bike struck the bus fuel tank while taking a turn and the impact was such that the bus immediately caught fire.


A passerby alerted the fire and emergency services and even as they arrived immediately and doused the fire, the bus was completely gutted. Devraj, the driver of the school bus saved all the kids in the nick of time. The kids were later sent to their respective home via another bus. Devraj, then fled the scene as he feared questioning from the police.

Venkatesh who suffered serious injuries, died in the hospital. While his female friend escaped with minor injuries. Both were taken to a nearby hospital in a Maruti Omni by a concerned citizen, as no ambulance was on hand. Eye witnesses reveal that Venkatesh was riding in a reckless manner, further investigations are underway. Neither of the riders were wearing any protective gear.


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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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  • Duke riders are one of the most rash riders i have ever come across my life….They offer insane power for a VFM tag and people who doesnt have much experience of controling such bikes uses it in such a manner which endangers others

    • Biker777

      Couldn’t agree more….KTM Squids (mostly spoiled brats) are not able to understand the fact that the great power comes with the great responsibility. they end up in the situation like above.

      • They race with everyone on the road ! its not that there are no other rash riders,there are but still thier bikes doest have such power.Leave even ninja,R3 etc riders also doesnt rash ride much.Its my personal observation.I feel they are more matured riders 🙂

        • Richard A. Phillips

          When one pays 3lac+ for a bike, by jove they will think twice before putting the bike in harm’s way.

          • No matter how small or what kind of a vehicle any maybe,i would still ride it carefully and maintain it with love,care and affection 🙂 that’s the true way of respecting a vehicle i believe