Two men died after their bike rammed into a stationary tourist bus on the Western Express Highway in Borivli (East) on Tuesday. The bus driver was arrested.
The incident took place early on Tuesday Raju Gowda, 45, and Manjunarayan Naik, 35, were on their way to a petrol pump on a bike. After crossing the Magathane bus depot, they suddenly spotted the bus parked in the middle of the road and hit the bus.
According to the police, the bus driver had stopped the bus in the middle of the highway for passengers who wanted to get off.
“The driver should have stopped the bus at the side of the road, but he stopped in the middle, which led to the accident,” said a police officer.
The bus driver has been identified as Mohammad Ayub Gafur Shaikh, 45.
Gowda worked as a waiter and Naik as a cook at Shivam Sunderam restaurant in Kandivli. They hailed from Karnataka. “The accident was so serious that the duo immediately started bleeding heavily and died on the spot,” said the officer.
“The driver wanted to save some time, which was why he stopped there. Two persons lost their lives in the accident. Because it is a highway, people ride or drive at a speed of at least 60kmph, and the driver should have realised that before stopping the bus like that. He has been arrested,” said senior inspector Bharat Worlikar.
Gowda and Naik succumbed to severe head injuries, leg fractures and injuries on other parts of their bodies. They were rushed to Bhagwati Hospital, where they were declared dead.