BANGALORE: In a serial accident, a sand-laden truck knocked down two motorcyclists and hit a car before ramming a roadside tree near the Indian Air Force Training Command gate on Bellary Road on Thursday. At least four persons were injured in the accident, the police said.
The accident could have been worse as a busy bus stand was located right after the tree. Several people waiting for a bus considered themselves extremely fortunate as the recklessly driven truck had come straight at them. The truck driver, who was reportedly drunk, jumped out of the vehicle and escaped. He was later arrested.
Running berserk, the truck had come down from C.V. Raman Avenue from Yeshwanthapura and taken a wild turn to the left at Mehkri Circle on Bellary Road. First, it hit a motorcyclist, a scooterette and a car. A parked two-wheeler was crushed under the truck. A pushcart vendor on the roadside ran to safety, but his cart was thrown off the road.
The police said that of the four injured, one had a severe leg fracture. But all of them were out of danger.
A traffic police inspector at the spot said if the tree had not come in the way, the truck would have headed for the bus stand.
Traffic on the Bellary Road was not disrupted as the accident occurred at a wider section of the road.
Yet, the rush of curious onlookers caused problems to the police.
An autorickshaw driver, who witnessed the serial accident, said the truck cleaner was screaming at other road users, urging them to move away from the lorry.
Many confirmed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.