Passenger bus catches fire after colliding with truck - 22 dead

Passenger bus catches fire after colliding with truck – 22 dead

A bus carrying 41 passengers has collided with a truck, which has resulted in the death of 22 passengers.

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Throwing caution to the wind, unconcerned about the safety of passengers on board and those along the highway, bus drivers across India have been caught time and again over-speeding and driving dangerously. Earlier today in Uttar Pradesh, an over-speeding bus collided head-on with a truck, which resulted in the death of innocent passengers.

The driver of the bus was making an overtaking maneuver when the incident took place. Because of travelling at high speed, the driver failed to get the bus under control when he realized that he will not be able to complete the overtaking maneuver. But by the time he realized, it was too late. The bus collided head on with the oncoming truck, which too failed to apply brakes in time.

Due to impact, the bus immediately caught fire. The impact also resulted in the doors of the bus getting jammed – locking all 41 passengers inside. Some of the passengers managed to break window and make an escape. But the remaining passengers were trapped inside and burnt alive. Atleast 22 are reported dead. The accident took place in Bareilly, 251km from Lucknow.

Time and again, it has been seen that many bus drivers give no regard to traffic rules. Just last month a shocking video had surfaced online. Two bus drivers in Tamil Nadu were seen competing against each other in a test of speed. One of the buses even ventured off onto the wrong side of the road in this test of speed, sending clouds of dust into the air almost blinding fellow commuters. The video has gone viral online and uploaded by a person on Facebook which brings to the fore the reckless manner in which these buses were driven.

The two private bus companies, Ayyappa Bus Service and Sree Velavan Transport and respectively their two drivers V Nagaraj and Chakaravarthy Palani have been identified. Angry citizens now demand action against bus drivers and two private transport companies.

Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore has taken note of the incident. The two drivers have been summoned to the police station, their licenses suspended by local RTO and buses have been detailed even as owners of the two companies have been notified and summoned.

There have been many such reports of rash and negligent driving along Pollachi-Coimbatore road and also on Udumalpet road. Since reports of this incident, police have launched intensive checks along these routes and will be detaining any vehicles who indulge in rash driving. These roads are in the process of being widened and debris lie on either sides of the road thereby making the road narrower. Watch the video below.

Despite this, private buses are often seen speeding across this stretch of highway. Experts state that tight schedule to reach the destination, to draw more customers waiting ahead, is the main cause for bus driver to speed along this 44 km of highway. Initiatives are being looked into to increase timings so that there is no need for these private buses to drive in an unsafe manner.