State faults curve on NH as reason for Diwakar travels bus mishap
Amaravati: Remember the bus accident at Mullapadu in Krishna district last week in which 11 passengers were killed and several others were injured? The AP Transport Department had, after a thorough enquiry, shifted the blame on the curve on the national highway that led to the accident. The second reason is the nap that the driver took leading to the bus hitting the culvert and falling into the culvert.
AP Transport Commissioner N Balasubrahmanyam told media persons here on Tuesday that the condition of the bus was perfect and the speed of the vehicle was under control. The fault is now shifted on the unwanted curve on the national highway and the nap that the driver took at the time. Neither the government nor the travels operators were at fault.
Balasubrahmanyam told the media persons that the department had thoroughly probed into the reasons for the accident, studied the fitness of the vehicle, including the speed lock and the speed of the vehicle on an average that it had travelled from Visakhapatnam to the accident spot. He said that the bus had left Visakhapatnam at 11 pm and had crossed the Keesara toll plaza at 5.45 in the morning. The bus met with the accident at 5.45 hours. “The distance from Keesara to the spot is 18 kilometers and the time it took was just 18 kilometers indicating that the bus was moving at 80-85 kilometers speed.
The AP Transport Department would submit the report to the State government shortly, the Commissioner said. The department would now recommend to the government to put up caution boards at every curve and culvert on the national highway to prevent such accidents in future. The government would provide refresher courses for the drivers once in every three years to check their fitness, he added.
He further added that the department would also recommend for the third driver in the bus depending on the distance.
Transport Department joint commissioner S A V Prasad, additional commissioner P Srinivas and others were present.