Police at the accident spot on Old Court Road on Sunday. (Animesh Sengupta)
A 35-year-old homemaker, riding pillion on her husband’s bike, was crushed to death under the wheels of a speeding bus on Old Court Road in Bistupur on Sunday morning.
Sushma Vishwakarma’s husband Ram Vishwarkarma (40) has sustained serious injuries and is being treated at Tata Main Hospital.
The bus has been seized and its driver arrested.
The couple, residents of Sahara Sunderban in Mango, were on their way home from the Sakchi market around 11.45am when tragedy struck.
According to eyewitnesses, Vishwarkarma was negotiating a turn near the commercial tax office when he spotted a trailer hurtling towards them from the opposite direction. He quickly applied brakes, but not in good time. The bus, which was right behind them and in high speed, hit the bike.
A helmet-less Sushma was flung off her seat as her husband lost control of the two-wheeler and the front wheels of the bus ran her over. Vishwarkarma, who was wearing a helmet, sustained body injuries as the bike fell.
As the accident took place on an important stretch of road and during busy hours, the couple was quickly taken to hospital. However, doctors at the emergency declared the young woman brought dead.
Passers-by later handed over the bus driver to police.
Inspector A.K. Yadav of Bistupur police station confirmed that the husband-wife duo were victims of speed. “We have seized the bus and arrested its driver. Necessary action will be taken,” he said.
The morning accident affected vehicular movement on Old Court Road for sometime.
In a second accident, a biker was knocked down by an SUV in front of the Tata Steel gate on Office Road in Bistupur police station area in the afternoon. The victim, whose identity has not been ascertained yet, has been admitted to TMH. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the mishap.