PUNE: Traffic was thrown out of gear on the Katraj-Kondwa bypass for nearly two hours on Tuesday afternoon after the driver of a PMPML bus lost control over his vehicle that rammed a car and a tempo.

The accident occurred around 2pm near the office of BJP MLA on the bypass leading to the busy Khadi Machine chowk. The bus, which had left for , first rammed the car and then the tempo, which went on to hit another four-wheeler.

The tempo driver, Mahadev Renuse (40) from Dhankawdi, got stuck inside the vehicle under the impact of the accident. Some onlookers rushed to the spot to bring Renuse out of the tempo, who was screaming for help and trying to push open the door.

As all efforts failed, firemen were called and they took around 40 minutes to bring Renuse out of the vehicle after cutting its door open with a hydraulic spader and a cutter. He suffered fracture in one of his legs and was admitted to Sassoon General Hospital.

Bus driver Ramesh Gaikwad said the accident occurred because the brakes of the vehicle failed. “I drove the vehicle towards the left lane of the road and raised an alarm for the other vehicles to move aside. But instead of responding to my alert, most motorists were busy peeping out of the windows to see what was happening,” he said.

“The bus then went on to hit a car and a tempo. If I would have taken the right lane, the bus would have moved ahead and damaged more vehicles,” Gaikwad told TOI.

Car driver Shrikant Anukush (26) from Dandekar bridge said, “I was driving at a moderate speed and suddenly felt a jolt as the bus hit my car. I managed to take the car towards the left lane of the road and apply the brakes. I saw the bus skidding at a high speed and heard the driver shouting ‘bajula sarka’ (move aside) to alert other vehicles. However, most motorists did not react on time. The bus then hit a couple of vehicles.”

Kondhwa police assistant inspector Chetan More said,“We have seized the bus and requested the , Pune, to inspect its brakes and submit a report. The accident occurred because of rash and negligent driving. We have booked the bus driver under IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act. A notice will be sent to the driver, requesting him to cooperate in the probe.”

Fireman (Kondhwa subfire station) Subhash Jadhav said,“We went to the spot with a rescue van and found that the tempo was completely damaged.”
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