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Buses race and crash on Bypass

The spot (1) where the buses collided and the concrete block (2) that a biker crashed into after being hit by one of the buses. Pictures by Bishwarup Dutta

Several passengers and a biker were injured when two buses racing each other while competing for passengers on the Bypass collided at Ajaynagar past 12.30pm on Friday.

The minibus that rammed into another bus of the same route on the Bypass on Friday afternoon

Police said bus number WB23 C1554 was a little ahead of the two and it stopped in the middle of the road at the Ajaynagar-Bypass crossing, leaving no room for a minibus (number WB 23B 7556) to pass. “But the driver of the minibus tried to overtake from the left and lost control. He crashed into the one in front and on impact the stationary bus lunged forward, hitting a bike. The biker skidded off his vehicle and hit a concrete block kept on the median,” said an officer of Survey Park police station.

“Both buses were of the same route, Garia to Dakshineswar, and driving rashly. The driver of the first surrendered but other one fled.”

The officer said the minibus was travelling at speed much above the Bypass limit of 60kmph.

The accident spot is close to a traffic police kiosk. It was locked. No cop was in sight

Biker Sandip Mondal suffered contusions on his limbs and shoulders. Two women on bus No. 1 had cuts on their foreheads. The injured were treated at a nearby private hospital and discharged.

Abhijit Das, a commuter, said: “Drivers break traffic rules without fear. The rogue drivers are getting away because of inadequate policing on this stretch.”

Metro found the traffic police kiosk at the Ajaynagar crossing empty and locked on Friday afternoon.