A certificate of commendation given to driver who saved 20 passengers
It was his presence of mind that saved the lives of several passengers of a Metro Bus that caught fire at Vellaturu village in Krishna district on July 17. Vidyadharapuram depot driver K.Srinivasa Rao acted quickly to rescue about 20 passengers including children when his CNG bus caught fire.
“I got the smell of burning wire. I immediately pressed the battery cut-off switch and got down to check, but smoke started and a fire broke out. I got into the bus from the back door and pushed all the passengers out and took them away from the bus. The bus runs on CNG, there are about 11 cylinders,” Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.
Even as he was taking the passengers to safety and went to get water to extinguish the flames the fibreglass body of the bus caught fire and got burnt. But within 20 minutes both the fire and the Depot Manager were at the spot.
The villagers who saw Mr. Srinivasa Rao in action told the RTC authorities about his presence of mind. A certificate of commendation was given to Mr. Srinivasa Rao at the inauguration of the Accident Free Week function here on Monday. The goal of all APSRTC employees and drivers should be achieving ‘zero accidents’ said Executive Director M. Surya Prakash Rao. Lauding the drivers of Vidyadharapuram depot for reducing the accident rates, the executive director said that they should aim at achieving zero accidents.
The RTC Regional Manager Gopinath Reddy said training classes were being conducted for drivers to reduce accidents. The drivers were also being subjected to periodic medical examination to establish their fitness for the job. Breath Analysers were also being used to double check, Mr. Reddy said.
Vidyadharapuram RTC Depot Manager K. Nagendra Babu said that there has been a marked reduction in the accident rate of the depot buses. The number of death in accidents had come down to three when compared to five of the previous year. But the goal should be no deaths at all, he said. Both passengers and the families of the employees would feel secure if the accident rate was reduced, he said.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (traffic) Murali Krishna said that use of cellular phones while driving and two wheeler drivers not wearing helmets were the cause of the accidents, grievous and fatal accidents.