Pune: About 19 passengers in a Mumbai-bound Shivneri bus (MH 06 S 9591) were stranded on the old Mumbai-Pune Highway near Dapodi, after an ambulance driver fled with the key of the bus after an altercation on Friday evening.
A case was registered by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) Pimpri-Chinchwad bus depot manager with the Bhosari police station.
Narendra Jadhav, Senior Police Inspector, Bhosari police said, “The Mumbai-bound Shivneri bus was stopped at the signal near CME, Dapodi. An ambulance (MH 12 HB 9055) was continuously honking for overtaking. After the driver made way for the ambulance, it stopped in front of the bus. The ambulance driver opened the door on the driver’s side and fled with key. We have the CCTV footage and investigation is on.”
Srinivash Joshi, Divisional Controller of MSRTC, Pune said Giridhar Jadhav was the driver of the Shivneri bus. “The bus departed at 5.46 pm from Shivajinagar bus depot for Dadar, Mumbai. There were no patients inside the ambulance and the driver was using the siren. Our driver made way for him. The ambulance stopped in front of the bus and within a minute the driver flew away with the bus key. The incident happened fast and the driver was shocked. We filed a case against the unknown driver of the ambulance,” he said.
A source from MSRTC, Pune Division, said, “There were three persons inside the ambulance, which was just behind the bus. There was huge traffic at the CME signal, but Jadhav allowed the ambulance to overtake. There was a police vehicle behind the bus and even they did not know what would happen within a few minutes. The passengers waited for more than 30 minutes for another Shivneri bus, which took them to Dadar. ”
The source revealed that the Shivneri bus has automatic system. When the bus starts the door closes automatically, but that system was not functioning properly and door was locked manually. If the system had worked, the incident would not have happened.