Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 25, 2012
This news out of Pune, India is horrifying — a bus driver in Pune, India has been arrested after he used the bus he was driving as a murder weapon, plowing down pedestrians and killing at least nine people. Dozens more have been hospitalized.
Santosh Maruti Mane’s rampage of death and destruction went on for 15 miles.
ITN News: Bus driver kills nine in 15-mile road rampage in Pune, India
Reported by BBC News, ‘Berserk’ India bus driver kills nine in Pune:
A bus driver has smashed his vehicle into traffic and pedestrians in the western Indian city of Pune, killing nine people and injuring 27 others.
The driver damaged 40 vehicles before the bus was brought to a halt after 30 minutes and police arrested him.
The driver, named as Santosh Maruti Mane, “went berserk” on a 25km (17 mile) rampage during the morning rush hour, police said.
They are questioning the 30-year-old driver to try to determine a motive.
Mr Mane, who is a driver with the government-run state transport department, arrived at a bus depot early on Wednesday and drove off with an empty bus, police said.
Eyewitnesses said he drove the vehicle at very high speed and on the wrong side of the road through busy areas, running over pedestrians and smashing into vehicles.
College student Sharif Ibrahim Kutty, 21, was among the two people who jumped into the moving bus and stopped the driver.
He told BBC Urdu: “I was going to college on my motorbike when I heard a screeching noise and saw that a bus nearby was racing across the road at a speed of 80-90km/h.
“It ran over this woman right in front of me then it crashed into a car. I was going to help the woman when I saw that the bus suddenly turned around and began speeding again.
“I started chasing the bus. I was blowing my horn, yelling and waving and trying to warn everybody to get out of the way.”
From The Guardian, Indian bus driver kills nine during rampage in Pune:
A bus driver has mown down pedestrians and rammed cars, scooters and food stalls in a rampage through crowded Indian streets, killing nine people and injuring more than two dozen.
Police chased the bus for an hour through the streets of the western city of Pune on Wednesday, with officers firing on the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, before they managed to arrest the 30-year-old driver. He is being held on murder charges.
The licensed bus driver had driven his route as normal Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning jumped into another driver’s bus and took off, police said.
“He just went berserk,” slamming into people, cars, school buses, scooters and vegetable stands, Pune’s police commissioner, Meeran Borwankar, said.
Pedestrians tried to flee, with some throwing children out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, she said.
“He went on ramming vehicles, hitting pedestrians. He was in such a dangerous mood,” Borwankar said.
Food stalls were reduced to piles of squashed produce and broken beams, while at least 40 cars were crushed.