School minibus hits another, 5 hurt
Four children and a school attendant were injured after the school minibus they were travelling in rammed into a stationary bus in Chinchwad on Thursday morning after its brake failed.
The injured — Ojas Jitendra Bansode (7), Smriti Jeevan Jadhav (7), Sakshi Sandeep Agwane and Saurabh Bhikaji Raut — are students of Abhishek Vidyalaya in Shahunagar, Chinchwad. Rekha Sopan Pandey (45), the attendant, was also injured. Senior inspector Ram Jadhav said, "No one suffered serious injuries. The driver of the bus, Yuvraj Mhaske, has told us that its brakes had failed."
"The students are out of danger and undergoing treatment at a private hospital," Jadhav said.
Regional Transport Officer, Pune region, Arun Yeola, said, "If the police refer the case to us, we will look into the vehicle's fitness. We will also have to check whether the driver has adequate experience. If he doesn't, then action may be taken against him as well as the school." The minimum experience required for school bus drivers is five years.
Jitendra Patil, deputy RTO, Pimpri-Chinchwad, said, "We will receive the police report on Friday, based on which we will decide what action is to be taken against the bus operator and the driver under the Motor Vehicles Act."
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