Wednesday, September 03, 2014

People power lifted bus off trapped motorcyclists

A crowd of more than 50 people came together in Pune, India, on Friday to lift a bus and free two students who were trapped underneath. The speeding bus ran over the two students who were on a motorcycle, and then collided with a traffic signal post before coming to a stop.

In the ensuing commotion, over 50 onlookers rushed to the spot and realised that the two young men were still trapped underneath the bus. The onlookers lifted the bus with their bare hands and extricated them. Fire brigade officials rushed to the spot, and lifted the bus using a crane. The bus was moved to the Shivajinagar Police Station, while the injured were rushed to the Poona Hospital in Sadashiv Peth. The students have been identified as Ashwin Doshi and Siddharth Dudu. Both are said to be out of danger.

The driver of the bus, identified as Manik Waghmode, 51, said, "There was a brake failure, and I lost control of bus. I have done five trips on the route and was on my sixth trip when accident occurred." Police Inspector Hiraman Shirsath of the Shivajinagar Police Station, confirmed that a brake failure was the likely cause of the problem. "The air pressure on the gauge was showing, but things can only be confirmed once we finish our investigation.

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"We have sent the driver for a medical test to check whether he was drunk at the time of the incident," Shirsath said. Waghmode has been booked under sections 279 (rash driving on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 339 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code, and also the Motor Vehicle Act 184.

There's a raw video of the incident here.

1 comment:

Gareth said...

They didn't lift the bus, they rolled it. Big difference in the force required.