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Mangalore: City Bus Plunges into Gorge - Eight Passengers Injured

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (RD/GA)
Pics - Dayanand Kukkaje

Mangalore, Jul 20: A local city bus Everest (Route no 4E) plying between Merlapadav and State Bank plunged into a gorge at a steep curve at Ontimara a few kilometres from the city, here on Friday July 20 afternoon.

There were 20 passengers in the bus.  Eight people sustained injuries. It is reported that a woman sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the private hospital in the city.

The accident occurred when the driver could not control the bus (owing to the bad road which has been dug) plying towards Merlapadav. There was no other way as the road was dug up by the side and there was a heap of mud.  The driver could not apply the brakes.  As a result the bus rolled back and then plunged into the gorge.

Police have registered a case in this regard.


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  • Joe D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 21 2007

    I am very familiar with the area because I own few properties in Merla Padau and Adyar padau. I know exactly where this Bus rolled down the gorge. Everyday,I drive on this road between Mangalore to Volachil. Does not matter which way I go to Merla-Padau, via Farangipet or via Neermarga Junction, the road is so dangerous.

    Neither the Neermarga Panchayath nor the Adyar-Arkula Panchayath gives a damn about the condition of this road. Just recently half and half work is done on this road, and made more mess out of it. Someone has to travel on this road to know the condition of this road and the death trap ahead. Tree branches from private properties stick out to the edge of the main road,plus thorny bushes are grown on edge of the main road and due to this children walk to school on the middle of the road.

    I have brought this matter to the attention of the respective Panchayath officials and they did not care a bit. Finally I have spent my own money,hired laborers and cleared these bushes and filled the pot holes as deep as to bury a dead calf and in some places may be a dead cow. This much bad the road is, due to corruption and mis management by officials.

    Now the claim by the bus driver that he lost control due to dug up road is questionable. This driver was driving towards Merla Padau on right side of the road. How did he fall on left side of the gorge. There is NO STEEP CURVE here as mentioned. Road is not dug and the Mud pile in the photo is Mud slide of the hill, which is on the left side of the road. What the Mud pile on the left side has to do when He drives on right side.

    Then there is speed bump just before where the bus fell. I think only the passengers will tell the truth exactly what happened before the accident. And We who encounter this bus driver daily while driving our vehicle and the passengers who travel in this perticular Bus will tell in PRIVATE how this Bus driver, drives this Bus and how much horn He blows irritating the public.

    Thank God that accident did not happened during school hours, which saved the lives of lot of school children from St.Ligory Primary School and Rajeshwary High School.

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