The car being new made no sound. As our bus reached the bridge the car came up suddenly. The driver of our bus became nervous.
He lost his presence of mind. He tried to put the brakes but there was no time. So he gave a sudden turn to the wheels.
Unluckily the road was not very broad at the bridge. The canal was deep on both sides. The result was that the driver could not control the bus.
It slipped down from the road and fell into the canal below. All efforts of the driver to stop it failed. Fortunately, the water in the canal was not deep. The bus was damaged.
But the damage of the bus was not an important thing if we compare it to the loss of the lives of the people in the bus.
There were about 50 persons in the bus – 40 men, 6 women and 4 children. As the bus turned to the left, every one of us gave a loud cry.
But all was over in a few seconds. We were hurt and made wet with the water of the canal. Four of the passengers died then and there.
Their skulls were broken and they died of shock. None of us was injured seriously. Seven received small scratches and injuries on different parts of the body. One woman, two men and I escaped, by the grace of God without much hurt. I thanked God.
The car was stopped. Inside the car was a retired Government officer. He was very sorry for the poor passengers.
He gladly took the seriously wounded passengers in his car and sent them to hospital where they received medical aid. The doctor gave them medicines and bandaged their wounds. Two of them died soon after.
The police had little to do in the matter, since the driver had died. The most wonderful thing was the escape of the child. Strange are the ways of God. No one can harm him whom God saves.