A Maruti Versa vehicle being illegally used to transport school children of Bal Bharti Public School, Brij Vihar, Ghaziabad met with an accident today morning around 8.20 am, near Vasundhara Sector 17’s Konark Enclave society in which 2 students were severely injured and had to be admitted to Fortis Hospital in Noida. The van reportedly had 6-8 students when the accident occured.
According to eye witnesses and school children who were travelling at the time of accident, the van was being run at a high speed when the driver suddenly lost control and rammed the van into a tree which then turned turtle on the periphery of Konark Enclave. On hearing a loud thud, the society residents rushed to the accident spot and rescued the children with the help of passers-by. Two children were rushed to Vasundhara Hospital from where they were referred to Fortis Noida. The front portion of the van was also badly damaged.
One of the injured kids reportedly is a class 2 student although it is yet to be confirmed. A doctor at the emergency services of Fortis Hospital told delhincrnews.in that 2 children have been admitted. One of the child who was seriously injured was conscious and doctors were conducting CT scan and other tests, he said.
The accident has again brought to the fore the issue of unregistered and illegal school vans used to transport children putting their lives at great risks. The van drivers often indulge in over speeding to ferry as many children as possible in the greed to earn more bucks.
A transport official of Bal Bharti school said that the school has been persuading the parents to employ school buses as the preferred means of transport, however many parents want their kids to travel in these unsafe vans, as they think these are more convenient. He said that the school is not responsible if the parents engage private transport.
The police have registered a case against the van driver. A senior police official said that the police can do little till the parents patronize these illegal vans.
Note: The story will be updated as soon as inputs from the RTO and others are received.