Woman run over by bus after being forced to get out in the middle of the road

KOLKATA: A 49-year-old caregiver was knocked down by a bus at Tegharia on VIP Road on Monday morning, seconds after the vehicle in which she was travelling forced her to get off in the middle of the road. Beliaghata resident Sudipta Chakraborty was heading to work when the accident, which disfigured her body so much that she could be identified only by her documents, took place a little after 9.45am.

The bus in which Chakraborty was travelling was plying on the airport-bound flank of VIP Road. A few metres before the Tegharia traffic signal and the pedestrian crossover, the vehicle slowed down and asked the passengers to get off. Though there is a designated bus bay there, police said, buses tend to keep to the right to stop others from picking up passengers. In doing so, they force commuters to get off in the middle of the road.



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The spot where the accident took place The moment Chakraborty stepped down, a private bus on the Nagar Khagra-Kolkata route, which was trying to overtake the first one from the left, hit her. The driver of the second bus could not apply the brakes in time and its front left wheel ran over Chakraborty’s torso and the rear wheel smashed her completely.

The bus driver was arrested and the vehicle seized. The first bus, however, fled in the chaos.

“It looks like the bus coming from behind tried to race past the other from the left and, in the attempt, ran over the woman who had just got off. She died on the spot. We have arrested the driver of the offending vehicle but are still looking for the one who was driving the first bus,” said a senior officer of Baguiati police station.

When police reached the spot, they couldn’t remove Chakraborty to the local nursing home immediately. Her body, which was completely disfigured, was later removed by a special team and taken to Uma Hospital. She was declared brought dead. A postmortem was conducted at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. Police found some belongings and an identity card later, after which her family was informed.

Locals claimed that the road at the Tegharia crossing widens up, prompting vehicles to speed. “The buses which are supposed drop off passengers in the bus bay rarely do so for they rush to stop at the Tegharia traffic crossing to pick up new passengers. The pedestrian crossover ensures that people who want to take a bus stand here. The bus bay is largely non-functional. Since passengers are dropped off right in the middle of the road, an accident was only waiting to happen,” said Bidyut Bhowmik, a local resident.

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