Chennai: More than 40 passengers were injured, two of them severely, when a public transport bus of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation fell off the city's Gemini flyover (a.k.a Anna flyover) on Wednesday afternoon, at around 2 pm.
The exact figures are still unclear as multiple sources, including the conductor and eye-witnesses, place the number of passengers on board the bus somewhere between 30 to 50.
The bus (M17) was en-route from Broadway to Vadapalani when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating the down-slope of the flyover.
On the Anna flyover, the bus was taking a sharp left turn when it crashed into the side wall and fell down on the road below from a height of around 20 feet. The bus was found completely flipped over as a result of the fall.
Some TV channel reports claim the driver was talking on his mobile phone just before the accident occurred. Some passengers claimed the bus driver was over speeding, citing that as the reason why the accident happened. Police, however, are awaiting the accident report before making an official statement.
But upon preliminary investigation, the police said the driver just lost control of the bus while negotiating a turn.
Passersby helped the passengers get out of the bus wreckage. Ambulances and fire tenders also rushed to the spot to rescue the passengers. Police and ambulance services reached the spot within twenty minutes to help evacuate the injured.
Traffic on the busy Anna Salai road was disrupted for several hours following the accident.
Tamil Nadu Minister for Social Welfare B. Valarmathi and senior police officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue work.
The injured were rushed to Apollo Hospital, Government General Hospital (GH) and the Royapettah Government Hospital. Recent reports suggested that two were severely injured, but no casualties have been reported so far.
The cause for the accident was being ascertained, police added.
A crane was used to pull the bus back on its wheels, and construction workers were breaking the side wall and clearing the wreckage area at around 4.30 pm. TV crews and a crowd of people had swamped the area complicating traffic further.