Six injured after PMPML bus goes out of control, driver detained

Six persons, including a woman and her seven-year-old daughter, were injured after they were hit by a PMML bus at a traffic signal on Laxmi Road on Sunday morning. While the driver told the police that the accident took place as the brakes of the bus failed and he could not control it, PMPML officials blamed the driver, and said they have found that the brakes were intact.

According to Vishrambaug police, the incident took place at Shagun Chowk at 10.40 am when the PMPML bus, driven by Ravindra Nivrutti Bhosale, was on its way from Hadapsar depot to Warje Malwadi.

ASI L R Khade of Perugate police chowki said, "Six persons have been injured in the mishap. The bus also hit a stationary rickshaw and the signal post after it went out of the control. He has told us that the brakes of the bus had failed. The bus will be sent to the Regional Transport Office for examination. We have detained the driver."

The injured pedestrians have been identified as Amruta Prasad Padhye (34), her daughter Radha (7), Karan Rathod (22), Mohammed Kalwa Qureshi (45) and Paresh Godse (41) and the rickshaw driver Anil Bhimrao Domale (45), who has sustained injuries.

Khade said, "Qureshi's injuries are serious and he is being treated at Sassoon Hospital. While others are being treated at various private hospital. Fortunately all of them are out of danger. The injuries could have been a lot more serious."Police said at least 25 persons were travelling in the bus and none of them were

injured.

PMPML officials termed the incident as driver's mistake. "Our investigation has shown that the brakes were intact. The driver should have applied the handbrake for stopping the bus but apparently he has not done so," said PMPML joint managing director Pravin Ashtikar.

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