In shocking visuals, a school bus rammed into several vehicles in the city's BRTS highway on Friday and drove off without stopping. The incident left four people injured.
The bus driver was identified as C Durga Rao (30). He was transporting nearly 30 schoolchildren from Rajivnagar, Singhnagar and Setannapeta areas.
The bus belongs to Sri Chaitanya School of Sathyanarayanapuram and the bus number has been identified as 16 TJ 6505 of Sri Chaitanya branch in Maruthinagar area.
After reaching the BRTS road, the bus first crashed into the traffic barricade and within seconds, it hit a bike, a fruit vending cart and an auto rickshaw. Even as the incident caught the attention of the passersby, the bus driver fled the scene without stopping, as seen in the CCTV footage.
A School bus rammed into several vehicles in Vijayawada's BRTS highway on Friday and drove off without stopping. The incident left four people injured.#Roadsaferty #Andhra #Vijayawada pic.twitter.com/hdosiLva3T— CharanTeja (@CharanT16) February 23, 2019
The police acted swiftly after the incident and arrested the driver. A case has been registered at the Sathyanarayanapuram Law and Order police. The bus has been shifted to the police station.
All the injured were shifted to the local government hospital for treatment.
Fruit vendor Shaik Matanvali (66) of Krishnalanka, was severely injured while the auto belonging to Najeer Ahmed was badly damaged.
Speaking to TNM, DCP Vijayawada City Traffic, Ravi Shankar said the reports which claimed that the incident took place due to break failure are not true.
"As bystanders were alerted by hearing the sound when the bus hit the barricade, a massive disaster has been averted. The school management should keep a check. The negligence of the bus driver has put the lives of school children and pedestrians at risk."
He further added, "We have taken serious note of the issue. Besides driver, due action will be taken against the management of the school concerned as well."
It is learnt that Durga Rao was not a regular driver and was filling in for the regular driver who was off duty.
Road Transport authorities have taken stock of the situation.