Bus tilts, sleeping 15-year-old student dies in freak accident – Times of India

Bus tilts, sleeping 15-year-old student dies in freak accident – Times of India

MADIKERI: A bus driver losing control over the vehicle cost a young life near Shanthaveri Estate in Sunticoppa in the wee hours of Saturday.
The deceased is M U Basavaraju, 15, a class X student.The private bus was engaged by Kalikehal Govt High School in Kurugodu taluk of Ballari district for the five-day tour starting December 26. Some students have told police that the accident happened because driver Johnson was drunk. He is said to have had a couple of drinks near KRS, after which he was dozing on and off, resulting in the mishap, they alleged.

After visiting Adichunchanagiri, Melkote, Srirangapattana and Shravanabelagola, the 52-member team, including students and teachers, reached Mysuru on Friday night. The incident happened at 2.30am when the bus was plying towards Madikeri, and the driver suddenly stopped the vehicle to avoid hitting a person who suddenly came in the way.
When the bus tilted after veering off the road, Basavaraju was thrown out of the window as the rod he was holding while sleeping came out, and landed directly on a stone on the ground. Basavaraju died while being rushed to a hospital in Madikeri. .

The postmortem was done at the hospital mortuary, after which the body was sent to Ballari. Johnson and cook Sidda, who are also seriously injured, are being treated at a hospital in Mangaluru. Five others who had sustained minor injuries were treated at a local hospital.
Kodagu DDPI Machado, BDO Ga yathri, SP Suman Pannekar, DSP Muralidhar and Kushalngar inspector Kyathegowda visited the accident spot and made arrangement for an alternative bus to send the school team back to Ballari. The school hiring a bus from Ramanagar — which is far from Ballari — has raised eyebrows, with some even claiming that the bus was old and unfit for school tour.. .

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