The KSRTC bus had smoke billowing from its rear end, and that was the only sign the driver needed.
Imagine being in the midst of your mundane bus journey, when all of a sudden, you are asked to get off. You exit the bus and stand and watch in awe as it burns, silently thanking the person who woke you up in time.
Well, all passengers of this KSRTC bus can thank the bus driver, whose sheer presence of mind, saved all of them from sure disaster, reports the Times of India.
The Bengaluru-bound bus was arriving from Tirupathi, and was on the KR Puram hanging flyover, at around 5:00 a.m. The bus had just reached the flyover when Ambari, the driver of the bus, noticed something in his rear-view mirror—smoke was emanating from the engine.
Ambari immediately halted and asked the passengers to alight. Panicky passengers rushed out of the bus, leaving some of their baggage behind.
In the meantime, Ambari managed to contact fire officials, who arrived to see the bus almost gutted. Watch a video of the burning bus here. Thankfully, all passengers were at a safe distance, and no one was hurt.
This is not the first time the presence of mind of the driver has saved passenger’s lives.
On August 12 2017, The Hindu reported that a KSRTC Airavat bus, coming from Bengaluru caught fire near Poonamallee in Chennai. After a passenger intimated the bus driver about smoke coming out from the rear end of the bus, he stopped and asked the passengers and some crew members to disembark. Thanks to his quick thinking, they escaped unhurt.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)