Drunk man drives 4 medicos to death

Drunk man drives 4 medicos to death
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Tragedy hit the families of a medico and three house surgeons of Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, when the private bus driver, who was pulling towards Hyderabad from Vijayawada on Monday night, veered off the steering after an argument with the medicos in the bus. He hit a tree at Suryapalem village near Gollapudi killing four students and himself. 

Vijayawada: Tragedy hit the families of a medico and three house surgeons of Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, when the private bus driver, who was pulling towards Hyderabad from Vijayawada on Monday night, veered off the steering after an argument with the medicos in the bus. He hit a tree at Suryapalem village near Gollapudi killing four students and himself.

As many as 20 other students received multiple injuries and two of them are said to be critical. They are taken to a private hospital for treatment. Victims were identified as MBBS final year student Macha Pranai Raja Ram, House Surgeons Giri Lakshman, Moka Vijay Tej and Vodanala Uday besides driver Vemula Ravi Shankar. Their bodies were stuck under the seats as the bus overturned.

The complaints of the medicos to the management of Dhanunjay Travels before the accident took place tochange the driver of the bus went in vain. “Accident occurred just because of the negligence of the driver, who was drunk. He refused to halt the bus and when we asked him to stop, he continued to increase its speed.

When seniors approached him, he aggressively veered off the steering saying he had an experience of 10 years. The bus turned upside down and people sitting in the first two seats and seniors who were standing died,’’ said Anil, a medico who received minor injuries. There were 46 medicos in the bus who were on a trip from a medico fest organized at KIMS in Amalapuram.

The group wanted to visit local places before they go back to Hyderabad. On Tuesday, they went to Haailand. A few of the students left their mobile phones and wallets in the bus and asked bus cleaner to look after them. However, by the time they got back, a few of their valuables were found missing.

‘’The bus was speeding at 120km per hour and the driver continued to proceed paying no heed to the students who asked him to stop. He was drunk. When we visited Haailand, the wallets and four mobile phones of students went missing. When we asked the driver about the incident, he said that he would get them back and called up bus cleaner who brought only two mobile phones and wallet to the PNBS before we left. Bus cleaner blamed bus driver for the theft,’’ said another student.

Osmania Medical College principal Dr B Prabhakar said, “We learnt that our students had requested for the change of the driver many a time. Their requests went in vain and the driver was drunk. The students attended the fest two days ago along with a physical director who accompanied them. The government came forward to bear the expenses of their treatment’’.

Dr P V Ramana Murthy said, “Many students suffered multiple injuries. Some suffered head injuries. Two of the students Rajesh and Sujeeth, among other six in the intensive unit, are still critical.’’ Police said overspeeding and drunken driving caused the accident. A case was registered under sections 304(a), 338 and 337 against the bus driver.

Meanwhile, autopsy on the bodies of the deceased was completed at the Government General Hospital (GGH). Parents of the final year student Pranai Raja Ram donated his eyes.

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