MP bus accident: Maharashtra bus was traveling at 45 kmph, not overspeeding, say MSRTC officials

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Image Source: PTI Dhar: Rescue work in progress after a bus fell into Narmada river

Highlight

  • A top official said that the vehicle tracking system (VTS) was installed in the bus.
  • An inquiry has been ordered into what happened at the time of the accident.
  • All public transport buses including MSRTC are closed at a maximum speed of 80 kmph

mp bus accident Maharashtra State Transport bus was traveling at a speed of 45 kmph after falling from a bridge across Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh on Monday, officials of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) said. He said an inquiry was ordered to ascertain the exact circumstances of the accident in view of preliminary findings which suggested that the bus was not speeding.

A top official said that the vehicle tracking system (VTS) was installed in the bus.

As per the records obtained from the system, the bus fell into the river at 9.47 am when the bus was traveling at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour (kmph).

“It means the bus was not spending much,” the official said.

He said a probe has been ordered to find out what happened at the time of the accident as the bus broke the railing of the bridge from the driver’s side before going down.

At least 13 passengers were killed after they fell off the bridge between Khalghat and Thigri in Dhar district, hours after they left for Amalner in Maharashtra from Indore.

All public transport buses operated by MSRTC are stopped at a maximum speed of 80 kmph by means of a device called “speed governor”.

Another senior official said that the media reports of 40-50 passengers traveling in the bus were wrong.

MSRTC officials said when the bus was pulled from the river bank with the help of a crane, all its doors were closed.

This means that there is little chance that someone may have got carried away in the river.

Also, ticketing machine records show the same.

“Throughout the day, no one came forward saying that their relative was on the bus and went missing. Neither we received any complaint on the helpline nor did anyone contact the local administration on the spot,” he said. The families of all the accident victims have come forward.

Another MSRTC official said that apart from the driver and conductor, there were 10 passengers in the bus.

He said that the local administration has stopped the search and rescue operation on the spot.

Bus was operated on Indore-Amalner route by Amalner depot of Jalgaon district.

Dharmapuri is a few kilometers away from the Narmada river bridge near Khalghat.

(with inputs from PTI)

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