In a shocking accident, a private bus carrying nearly 50 passengers crashed into the railing of Bharat Nagar bridge in Hyderabad’s Moosapet and fell down.
All passengers onboard the bus were safe, but the driver suffered injuries. The incident took place at around 1:10 am on Wednesday.
According to the police, the bus was carrying the employees of a company, who were on their way to Chityal.
The police said that Jaffar, the driver, fell asleep at the wheel and rammed the vehicle into the railing of the bridge. The bus then hung on to the edge of the bridge for a few minutes, in which time the passengers jumped out and escaped, before the bus fell down along with the driver.
Jaffar was hurt in the mishap, and escaped with injuries as the height of the bridge from where the bus fell was only a few metres high. He has been admitted to the hospital.
Jaffar, a driver with Sony Travels, was unwell, which is why he fell asleep, the police added.
Speaking to TNM, Sanathnagar Inspector E Venkat Reddy said that that there was no oncoming vehicle at the time of the accident.
“The bus veered off to its right after the driver lost control. Luckily, there was no vehicle oncoming vehicle at that time.”
“The driver seems fatigued. He looks ill, and it appears that he hasn’t slept well,” Venkat Reddy said.
The police have filed a case against the bus driver under IPC Section 279 (rash driving).
The bus was also removed quickly in order to ensure that there was no traffic jam, the police said.
On Tuesday, 31 people were killed as a truck fell off a bridge in Bhavnanagar, Gujarat.
The victims were on their way to attend a wedding when the accident took place. The truck was carrying 60 people, and 25 people died on the spot, and six succumbed to their injuries while being treated. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, after which the truck fell in the rivulet.