Chennai, June 21 (): A KSRTC bus which was moving ahead to Chennai from Bangalore clashed with a lorry near Kancheepuram highway on Wednesday in which the driver of the bus succumbed to death instantly and seven other passengers were injured. Some of the injured people were rushed to the General Hospital and others were taken to the private hospitals in the city.
The Airavat Mercedes Benz sleeper coach that was carrying a total of thirty-eight passengers in the morning hours hit a lorry in a bid to overtake the lorry at Velagate junction near Kancheepuram. The driver of the bus lost the control and had to collide with the lorry.
The thirty-nine-year old bus driver who died immediately was shifted to Kancheepuram General Hospital for postmortem, said the police.
The police said that some of the passengers who were sitting in the back side of the bus escaped the tragedy and they broke the window panes in order to jump out side. The right side of the bus was completely out of shape due to the collision, with glass pieces lying all over the road.
The Bangalore-Chennai Highway was considered to be one of the busiest highways where accidents takes place every now and then, said the police. Even after several warnings have been given to the drivers not to overtake on this stretch of Kancheepuram, the drivers never pay heed as most of the private bus drivers ride the bus under the influence of alcohol, said a police official.
According to some passengers who received minor injuries said that the road system in our country is the main cause for most of the accidents. The roads are poorly maintained and lack of proper signals in the main highways was also the reason. They also added that the NHAI is collecting a huge toll fee but still is not able to mend the repaired roads for a peaceful journey.