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Child comes under rear wheel of school bus

K. Lakshmi
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Sanjay’s mother, with a relative at their home in Annanur on Monday. Photo: B Jothi Ramalingam
Sanjay’s mother, with a relative at their home in Annanur on Monday. Photo: B Jothi Ramalingam

A one and a half-year-old child was killed in an accident in Annanur near Avadi on Monday, after he came under the rear wheel of the school bus that picked up his two brothers.

The accident occurred in less than a week since a school bus claimed a six year old girl’s life in an accident in Mudichur.

The victim, Sanjay, was the third son of Anand who runs a tea shop and Meena. Police said the boy, along with his mother, came to see off his brothers, Santhosh and Sudhakar who were leaving for school.

The accident happened when the vehicle, which was waiting outside their house, moved forward. The boy sustained injuries on his face and head, and died on the spot. His body was sent to Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital.

According to eye witnesses, Meena had left Sanjay in the veranda near the gate and stepped out to help her two other sons, Santhosh and Sudhakar get into the vehicle. Sanjay, meanwhile, walked up to the vehicle and went beneath it.

In a short while, tension and grief gripped Pillaiyar Koil Street area and angry residents damaged the windows of the vehicle.

Poonamallee traffic investigation police recovered the vehicle and registered a case under section 304 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (causing death due to negligence). The bus driver Mohan (50) was arrested.

Sanjay’s brothers took the school bus for the first time on Monday. Usually, Anand would take the children to school in his two-wheeler.

As he found it difficult to get to work in the morning, the couple decided to send the boys by the bus belonging to Little Holy Angel’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Ayapakkam.

“The vehicle came near our home around 8.30 a.m. I helped the children into the bus. I went to the other side to enquire about the bus fees. By the time I turned, it was all over. Only after the vehicle moved a few metres away, I realised what had happened,” said an inconsolable Meena, Sanjay’s mother.

M. Viswanathan, owner of the house in which the family currently stays as tenants, said the couple and their children had been living there for nearly three years.

“This is the last stop for the school bus. I heard some noise and ran behind the vehicle, following it a few metres. The driver did not know what had happened. We took Sanjay to a hospital nearby, but he was declared dead,” he said.

It may be recalled that a similar accident that happened nearly a decade ago at Velachery when a six-year-old boy was knocked down by a school van, raising serious concerns about children’s safety.


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This is a tragic accident. The bus driver should be severely punished for negligence.
How can a school van be moved without ensuring that nobody is near the vehicle. There is absolutely no regard for lives , only interest is to make money and no rgeard for others. There has to be a feeling that all children are our children. Tragic..

from:  Shriram
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 22:14 IST

my deep condolences to the family. the mother should have kept an eye on
the toddler or holding his hand while boarding her other sons and while
talking to the driver of the bus. There is no point in blaming the bus
driver alone for his negligence. obviously after talking with the mother
he would have taken the bus, can he imagine a toddler running under his
bus. The public too has no rights to damage the bus without proper
inquiry. please family members it is our responsibility to have
vigilance of our loved ones.

from:  Bhanumathi
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 21:31 IST

A heart break and tragedy for the family. Most unfortunate way of losing a toddler. It requires concerted effort,alertness and vigilance of every member of the society to prevent such accidents.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 05:40 IST
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