DTC bus crashes into another, 19 injured

Nineteen people were injured when a DTC bus rammed into another on Saturday morning in West Delhi, police said.

Police said around 9.30 am a DTC bus from the older fleet rammed a red low-floor bus in Raja Garden area.

A case has been registered against the offending driver.

"One bus hit the other from behind. Nineteen people were injured and were discharged from the hospital after treatment. None of them suffered serious injuries," said V Renganathan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West).

Despite Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely's recent claim that DTC bus accidents have reduced, police said drivers of DTC buses have been responsible for 59 fatal accidents as per data collected till September 15.

After a spate of mishaps by private Blueline buses a couple of years ago and their subsequent phasing out from the public transport system, DTC had reportedly hired a number of drivers who were behind the wheels of Blue-line buses. Police feel this could be one of the reasons behind the high number of accidents by DTC buses.

"The Bluelines had a history of accidents and a number of people were killed. In 2010, we started phasing them out and the fleet of DTC buses was expanded. DTC hired a number of drivers on contract basis and it is possible they were the ones earlier plying the Blueline buses. They may not have been given the same training that the drivers of a government-owned transport system should have got," said Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

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