In an unfortunate incident this morning, a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus destined to refuel with CNG at Kothrud depot veered into a ditch near Chandni Chowk in Pune due to the driver’s failure to engage the brakes. The bus, which is under the ownership of a contracted operator, met with the accident without any passengers on board. Although the driver escaped unscathed, the bus suffered considerable damage in the mishap. The location of the accident is in proximity to the newly inaugurated bridge at Chandni Chowk.
The incident transpired when the PMPML bus, operated by a contracted party, was en route from Chandni Chowk to Kothrud depot for a routine CNG refill. Unfortunately, due to an apparent failure in applying the brakes, the bus veered off course and ended up in a ditch. The immediate response from local authorities ensured that no passengers were present in the bus at the time of the accident. Additionally, the driver, fortunately, emerged from the incident without sustaining any injuries.
While the driver remains unhurt, the same cannot be said for the bus itself, which sustained significant damage as a result of the mishap. The accident occurred in close proximity to the recently inaugurated bridge at Chandni Chowk, marking a concerning development in a relatively new transportation infrastructure.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of consistent vehicle maintenance, driver training, and adherence to safety protocols to prevent such accidents. Local authorities and relevant stakeholders are likely to conduct an investigation to determine the exact cause of the brake failure and whether any other contributing factors were at play. This incident, while fortunately without human casualties, underscores the significance of stringent safety measures within the transportation industry to ensure the well-being of passengers, drivers, and the community at large.