Maruti Alto crashes into a bus that has come to a sudden stop on the road
As we have mentioned in several of our articles in the past, driving on Indian roads is quite a challenge in itself. You must always be vigilant because there is always a risk of a vehicle coming to a complete stop or even of a person or animal jumping in front of your vehicles. Such situations have often led to accidents and we have also featured some of these accidents on our website. Here we are sharing another example in the form of a video that shows why you should always expect the unexpected when driving on Indian roads.
The video seen here was recorded in a car’s dashcam. The incident happened somewhere in Kerala. It can be confirmed by the KSRTC bus in front of the car. The bus travels on the rightmost lane of the 4-lane highway. There is a very wide median strip separating the opposite lanes of the highway. From the video, it appears the bus was traveling at a good speed and there was a Maruti Alto 800 and a Maruti Dzire between the bus and the car the video was recorded in.
Maruti Swift Dzire rider overtakes Maruti Alto 800 from left lane and attempts to move into right lane where Alto rider was. When Alto’s driver saw the Dzire sedan moving into his lane, he accelerated and did not let the driver move into the right lane. The Swift Dzire driver took his foot off the pedal and returned to the left lane. Another Skoda Fabia driver also comes behind the Alto 800. At this point, the Alto 800 and the Skoda Fabia are hot on the heels of the transport company’s bus. Suddenly the KSRTC – Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus brakes and the driver of the Alto 800 also applies the brake.
Both manage to avoid a collision but the Skoda Fabia driver could not stop in time. The Skoda Fabia hits the Alto 800 and we see a big bump on the tailgate. It is unclear if there is any damage to the front of the Alto and the Fabia. Maruti Swift Dzire rider was extremely lucky to have been in the left lane because if he had passed the Alto he would have been in the accident as well. So why did the bus driver suddenly brake? As mentioned above, there is a large median on the freeway and people can be seen standing on it waiting to cross the road.
One of these people who was waiting to cross the road fell from the median of the road. He fell in front of the bus and to avoid hitting him, the bus driver applied the brakes and swerved the bus into the other lane. You can see the person on the road in this video. If the bus driver hadn’t applied the brakes, things would have gotten worse. There are no underpasses or pedestrian bridges for pedestrians to cross the road and this is one of the reasons why people cross the roads in such a dangerous way. The pedestrian was also not using the zebra crossing to come to the other side. This video is another example of why you should always expect the unexpected while driving on Indian roads.