VISAKHAPATNAM:The ongoing RTC strike and the management’s decision to run the show with temporary drivers appears to be taking a turn for the worse with each passing day. In the latest incident, a pregnant woman travelling in an RTC bus sustained injuries after the bus collided with another near the Maddilapalem Depot Monday. The bus was being driven by a temporary driver.
According to III Town (Traffic) SI Jyothi, the injured was identified as V Mahalakshmi, a homemaker residing at Narsimhanagar. She is five months pregnant.
She and her husband had boarded the bus to Vizianagaram at the RTC complex. When the bus reached Maddilapalem Depot, the driver tried to overtake another bus when he ended up colliding with it. Mahalakshmi suffered injuries after a metal rod from the other bus hit her on the left side of her stomach. Traffic police on the spot rushed the injured to Seven Hills hospital, where the doctors said that the woman had undergone a surgery and that she and her child are safe and will be discharged Tuesday.
Meanwhile, family members of the injured alleged the bus driver’s rash driving and negligence led to the incident.
It may be mentioned here that a 55-year-old man was crushed under an RTC bus at Gajuwaka recently. The bus driver also happened to be a temporary one.