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Mangaluru: 'Accident near Hassan - KSRTC driver saved lives' - passengers, officials

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru,Dec 6: After a bus from Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation's (KSRTC) city division here met with an accident as a result of a private bus colliding with it at Heddurga in Alur taluk, Hassan district at around 3.30 am on Tuesday December 5, three passengers had died. This happens to be the most gory accident to have happened within the limits of this division, with the last gravest accident involving KSRTC bus having happened at Udane in 2009 in which five lives had been lost.

All the 32 seats of the non-AC sleeper bus of KSRTC which was going to Bengaluru from Manipal were full. Most of these passengers were injured, with those sitting in the front section suffering injuries of more serious nature. KSRTC officials blame recklessness on the part of private bus driver for this accident. They said that presence of mind exhibited by their bus driver ensured that more lives were not lost. Their driver, Dinkar, who is backed by ten years of driving experience, too was injured in this accident. He is known for being an efficient driver, the officials stated.

The private bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it collided with KSRTC bus. The KSRTC bus driver immediately turned his bus to extreme left instantly before stopping short of the edge of the road. If the bus had moved over the road edge, it would have jumped into a deep stream, causing more deaths and injuries. Officials also said that many passengers confessed to them that they were saved because of timely action of the bus driver.

KSRTC offers compensations to families of deceased passengers in case of accidents. Divisional controller here, Deepak Kumar, said that KSRTC will also meet the treatment expenses of injured passengers.

Some people analyze that more accidents are being witnessed on national highway 75 between the city and Bengaluru of late because of despicable condition of a stretch of Shiradi ghat road. As the buses get delayed in negotiating this bad stretch, there is likelihood of them trying to make up for lost time later.


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  • D Shetty, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    It is a shame that this route does not have a good train facility. Politicians are talking of bullet trains, travel in mins etc but this route which existed since 3 decades has a train which takes more that 12 hrs to reach where as the road time is 7 hrs. Had there been a good train service - 500-1000 buses would go off the road, diesel would be saved, traffic reduction.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    My hats off to Dinkar, the driver of KSRTC who skilfully managed to stop the bus in the nick of time and saved many lives. May God bless him and his family.

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  • H.Dsouza, Kodagu / Mangaluru

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    I, salute this man!Public or some association should felicitate Sri. Dinkar, I'am ready to contribute if someone takes initiative from Team Daiji.👌👏👏

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    If it was head on collision, then both the drivers and conductors would have been died. Rest were saved..

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  • JNB, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Wrongly overtaking method only used in India and specially in Karanataka.
    Drivers do not want to waste (patience ) time at the cost of passengers life for the owners of Buses at any cost.

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  • Shivaprasad, Mangalore/Hospet

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    It is mentioned that recklessness on part of Pvt Bus Driver, it is right, there is absolutely no control whatsoever by RTO on this. During peak season Pvt operators introduce additional busses on many routes without checking quality of busses or drivers. That too with premium rates. And they dont care about safety of passengers.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    May God Bless driver Dinkar & his family ...

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    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Dearest brother Nithya ,
    Accidents are unexpected incidents. May occur anywhere . Ksrtc also not safe. Once morning 4 oclock KSRTC bus fell down one young eye doctor who had small kid and young wife died.

    Brother Nithya you go by KSRTC bus. We will go by private buses. We are travelling since 13 years by Durgamba bus. We are comfortable with Durgamba and other Private buses. Private buses are Gods gift for us.

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  • NM, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    I really appreciate how the KSRTC officials praise the driver. This not only consoles the accident driver but also gives a sense of job satisfaction to other KSRTC drivers. They in turn will strive to drive safely in the future.

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  • Shiva, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Before fixing the main road,Fix and repair the alternate road then close the main road and start the work.This is never followed by our beloved PWD(State and NH Department) officials. At-least now fix the alternate road and educate people to travel in that alternate road.

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    We are not sure how much control these private bus operators place while selecting the drivers.

    There are lot of drivers who work on adhoc basis and do not have the experience of these ghats as well as driving during night time. If they are given the job there is a chance of such type of accident.

    Some are also very reckless who think people inside the bus are like goods. They drive zigzag and create a nightmare for passengers. if you speak they are capable of making you get down there itself.

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  • Nithya, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Say NO to private buses..

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