The bus drivers are also currently admitted to hospital.
A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus lost control and crashed into a metro pillar near Kengeri. Around 30 of the 45 passengers were injured and admitted to Supra, BGS GIMS, and Victoria hospitals.
Saiphan, the traffic control in charge at Kengeri Police Station, said that the accident happened around 1 a.m. He said that there were no casualties. It was because of the driver speeding the bus that he eventually lost balance while trying to dodge a pothole and rammed into the pole, he added.
The window glass was shattered and shards lay all across the road, along with masks, a toothbrush, a handkerchief, and slippers. The iron railing across the pillar in which the bus collided had almost come off. A barricade has been put up near the pothole to make people aware of the scene of the incident to prevent further accidents.
“At around 1:30 in the night, the patients were brought in, many of them were badly injured,” said Syed S Nizami, CEO of the Supra Hospital. Twelve patients were admitted, of which six were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), whereas four patients had minor injuries and were kept under observation.
Due to the sudden force, many patients banged their heads and suffered face and head injuries. Nizami said that a few patients had fractures and broken jaws as well.
Venkatraman and the substitute driver Manjunath are currently admitted in the BGS GIMS hospital. The administrative officer at the hospital, Dr. Omprakash TL, said that Venkatraman had a few major injuries—blunt injury in the abdomen and a slight liver injury, whereas Manjunath is out of danger but is being kept under observation for the next 48 hours. There was another woman who was brought to the hospital with a minor head injury. She, however, refused to be admitted.
The remaining passengers are admitted to the Victoria Hospital, and the administration is currently not allowing the media to interact with the authorities about the incident.