One killed, 7 others critically injured in bus accident near Kasba
Kolkata: Two minibuses racing against each other to pick up extra passengers once again claimed the life of a 50-year-old man and injured eight others of whom some are critically ill.
The incident took place near Acropolis Mall at Kasba on Tuesday morning.
A Howrah bound minibus from Anandapur was competing with another minibus of the same route when the bus driver lost control over the vehicle and eventually hit a Mercedes car parked by the side of the road and then rammed into two auto-rickshaws which were there at the stand.
Biswanath Haldar (50), a resident of Noanadanga area was standing by the side of the car waiting to board a bus when he was hit.
Haldar who runs a decorators business suffered critical injuries after being hit by the speeding bus. Seven others including a woman who were standing by the side of the road also suffered injuries. An on duty police sergeant who was standing at the spot had a narrow escape. The speeding bus also ran over the pavement injuring some people who were standing there. The health condition of the woman is stated to be critical. The incident created traffic jam in the area for a while.
Haldar and other injured passengers were rushed to a nearby private hospital where Haldar succumbed to his injuries while the others have been undergoing treatment in the hospital.
The news of Haldar's death has set a pal of gloom in his family as he was only the bread earner. According to police, there were none inside the Mercedes car when it was hit by the bus. The owner of the car Vinod Sharma, a Salt Lake resident went to the Passport office by parking the vehicle on the side of the road. The rear portion of the costly car was completely damaged in the accident. Two auto-rickshaws were also damaged in the accident.
Eyewitnesses told the police that the accident occurred when the killer vehicle was competing with another minibus of the same route. Locals expressed their unhappiness over the unabated incidents of racing of buses which often lead to death. Senior police officers reached the spot immediately after the accident. The bus driver has fled the spot leaving the vehicle there. Police have seized the bus and are yet to arrest the driver.
Meanwhile, an auto-rickshaw driver has been arrested by the Bidhannagar police after he broke the wind screen of a state-run AC bus.
The incident took place near Baguiati More on the VIP road. The accused told the police that the bus driver was not giving him any scope to overtake it. He stopped the bus and ransacked a portion. One passenger was reportedly injured when the wind screen was broken.