A biker was killed in Mysuru district on Tuesday after being hit by a KSRTC bus that hurtled down a narrow bend, unmindful of oncoming traffic.
CCTV footage of the horrific accident shows the red state-run KSRTC bus swerving to overtake another two-wheeler, only to hit two men, who are thrown off their motorbike. The bus continues to speed down the road even after the accident.
The incident occurred in Mysuru districtâ€™s Hunsuru taluk at around 3:40 pm on Tuesday.
A police official told TNM that the bus driver has been arrested and an FIR has been registered under IPC section 304 A (causing death by negligence). A News 9 report says the rider Manjunath (35) died on the spot while the pillion rider Ravikumar has been admitted to the hospital with serious injuries. Both of them are residents of Piriyapatna taluk in the district.
The News 9 report said the duo was travelling to a fair in KR Nagar.
Killer buses across the southern states have claimed many lives in the past, posing a danger to motorists on the road and passengers.
In March, two persons including a 11-year-old were killed after a collision between a KSRTC bus and a car in Srirangapatna.
In neighbouring Kerala, state-run buses have been involved in several fatal accidents. In 2016 alone, the buses run by the Kerala state government were involved in at least 1300 accidents, and claimed the lives of 150 people.
Government buses operating within the state capital of Bengaluru have also been frequently involved in fatal accidents. A report in The New Indian Express said in the first six months of 2016, 81 persons were killed in those accidents.