Six persons suffered minor injuries while about a dozen others had a close call when a private bus, said to have been in a race with a Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus to cross the traffic signal, crashed through the footpath near Sirsi Circle flyover on Mysore Road here Wednesday morning.

An electric pole was uprooted in the impact.

Eyewitnesses said the two vehicles were rushing towards the satellite bus stand when the accident occurred around 9.10 a.m. The injured were those waiting for their bus in front of the Hale Guddadahalli junction.

However, the jurisdictional Central Traffic Police attributed it to failure of brakes.

“The private bus was heading towards Maddur and was competing with a BMTC bus. Its driver lost control and veered towards the footpath. It rammed an electric pole before coming to a halt,” Subhash S. Shenoy, a chartered accountant following the bus on his motorcycle, told The Hindu. While the injured were those who could not get away in time, the others at the bus stop leapt to safety, he added. A bus passenger said an elderly woman seated behind the driver was treated in a local clinic for injuries.

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