Truck coming from Bengaluru collides with Maruti Omni vehicle; Two students admitted, others treated as outpatients; BEO to serve notice on school seeking explanation
Six schoolchildren and a youth had a providential escape on Tuesday when a truck collided with the vehicle in which they were travelling to their school at the Devegowda Circle on the Bannur Road. While two children have been admitted to a hospital, the others including the van driver were treated as outpatients.
According to the police and eyewitnesses, the Maruti Omni vehicle KA 01 M 6770 owned and driven by Prakash was ferrying children to the Delhi Public School from different areas of the city. Prakash left his home at 8 am and picked up children from Siddhartha Layout, Agrahara, Alanahalli and Giridarshini Layout as he had to drop them at the school by 9:10 am.
The children have been identified as eight-year-old Tribhuvan, 13-year-old Kushy, four-year-old Mohi, eight-year-old Neha, four-year-old Shishira, and eight-year-old Vishwas. The youth in the vehicle has been identified as Sukruth Gowda who is studying at the JSS Ayurvedic College.
The Maruti van was proceeding from the city towards the Delhi Public School and they crossed the Cauvery Hospital and as they reached the Devegowda Circle, the van driver lost control and failed to notice the truck coming from the other side. The truck (WB 41 H 0318) that was coming towards the city from Bengaluru hit a side of the van.
Due to the impact, the van’s doors and the windows were crushed and glass pieces injured the children. The children were immediately rushed to the Cauvery Hospital and were given first aid. Two children were treated for severe injuries.
Passers-by and commuters who had gathered at the spot blamed the city traffic police for not installing signals and CCTV cameras. “This is a busy junction and there are no regulation mechanism. This has led to many accidents,” they said.
BEO Vivekananda visited the spot and told reporters that he would serve a notice on the school. “We had told the authorities of the Delhi Public School to admit children from its nearby surrounding areas so that they can take school buses and for safety. But the school authorities have admitted children from various far flung areas in the city and they all come in private vehicles,” he said.
The BEO said that notice would be served on the school seeking explanation. The officer further said that most of the parents have opted for private transport as the school bus service was expensive.