Four of family returning from funeral die as their speeding car rams into bus
Bengaluru, Sept 13: Four members of a family, including three women, lost their lives after the car in which they were travelling collided with a BMTC bus on Yamalur-Doddanekundi Road, off Old Airport Road in Bengaluru yesterday. Another woman is battling for life at a private hospital.
The deceased have been identified as Levin Joseph, 24, his mother Nirmala Mercy Joseph, 56, died on the spot, while their relatives Yalasamma, 52, and Reena Britto, 50, died at Jeevika Hospital. Sreeja, 54, another relative travelling with them, is undergoing treatment at Vydehi Hospital.
The group was returning from the funeral of Levin’s uncle who had passed away on Tuesday. Levin was driving the car. Levin’s father Joseph, who also attended the funeral near Ulsoor, had stayed back at his brother’s house while Levin and the others left for home.
The police said the car overtook another vehicle from the wrong side and collided head on with an oncoming BMTC Volvo bus on the opposite lane on Doddanekundi Road around 2.30 p.m.
According to the police, Levin was over-speeding on Doddanekundi Road at around 90 kmph. The car overtook a Light Motor Vehicle from the wrong side, and ended up on the opposite lane. This is when the hatchback collided head on with an oncoming BMTC bus, the police added.
“The wreckage of the car indicates that the impact of the collision was so high that the front portion of the car was practically crushed. The speed of the car has contributed hugely to the impact of the collision,” said a senior traffic cop, who rushed to the spot after the accident.
The police said Levin and Reena, the co-passenger on the front seat, were killed on the spot and it was a tough task to retract the two bodies. The three women in the back seat were severely injured and were rushed to a nearby private hospital, where two among them breathed their last.