A 56-year-old BBMP garbage truck driver was killed on the spot and his son sustained injuries in a chain of accidents near Avalahalli in K R Puram on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Penchalaiah, while his son Nagesh, 22, sustained injuries.
According to police, the father-son duo was returning to the city from Mandur landfill site after dumping garbage. Mahesh, one of Penchalaiah’s sons said, his father and brother left for Mandur landfill site after loading garbage from Jayanagar on Sunday evening.
Around 1 am, while returning, a truck which had developed some problem was parked on the road side. Meanwhile, another truck coming behind Penchalaiah’s truck, lost control after brakes failed and rammed into his truck.
Due to the force, Penchalaiah’s truck rammed into the truck parked on road. His truck was caught between the two vehicles and Penchalaiah died on the spot.
Nagesh suffered a fracture in the leg and is admitted to hospital. Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy, ruling party leader N Nagaraju, Standing Committee Chairman (Health) Venkatesh Babu handed over a cheque for `5 lakh to the victim’s family.
BBMP garbage truck drivers said for the past 10 days, they have been working over 20 hours a day. Venkatesh, a truck driver, said, “We do not have any problem in loading or unloading garbage in the morning. We leave city by 5.
30 pm and it takes at least two hours to reach Mandur. Long queues of trucks will be lined up in Mandur, and by the time we return to city, it is around 4 am.
Within three hours, we have to be on the streets to clear garbage by 7 am. This will go on till 2 pm. We do not get much time to rest.