At least 18 students of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidyamandir and their four teachers had a miraculous escape when their school van collided with a speeding SUV and then crashed into poles supporting high-tension wires at 8.30am on Monday.
Had the impact with the electric poles been a little harder, all the children and five adults in the bus, including the driver, Krishna Murthy, would have been electrocuted with the vehicle coming in contact with the live wires.
But the miracle could not prevent serious injuries to at least two students -- Rajath Hegde, 13, and Anshuman, 12. Of the two, Rajath is stated to be unconscious and in a more serious condition. But doctors said there is no threat to his life. He has been kept under observation after a surgery was performed at Sai Ram Hospital where the injured children and their teachers were taken for treatment.
Most of the others, including driver Murthy, were discharged after being treated as outpatients.
The crash happened after Murthy picked up some of the students from Shobha Enclave and was en route the school located in Kanakapura. Luckily, the van was not full as Murthy was to pick up some more students on the way.
The accident occurred at a junction near Shobha Enclave on Pipe Line Road in Nagegowda Palya off Kanakapura Road, when a speeding Tata Safari (registration number KA-02-MD-5627) crashed into the left side of the school van, a Swaraj Mazda (registration number KA-05-AB-5541). The impact led to the school van losing balance after driver Murthy lost control. The impact caused the van to tilt towards its right and come to rest on a roadside electric pole which supported multiple high-tension live electric wires.
Fortunately, the wires did not come loose despite the impact. Had that happened, all 23 occupants of the school van would have been electrocuted. The SUV driver, yet to be identified, abandoned his car and managed to escape from the spot before the students could get out of the bus.
It was the brave efforts of two Class 10 boys, Likith and Bhavya, which ensured that all their injured van-mates and teachers could get out of the vehicle. The two, after the van had come to a rest on its side broke open the left side windows of the van and pulled out the injured out till passers-by came to lend them a hand to move all the injured to Sai Ram Hospital on Sathy Road connecting Konanakunte.