It was indeed his lucky day. A man (who is yet to be identified by the police) was standing near his two-wheeler in Engapuzha town in Kozhikode, when a private bus was approaching towards him. The bus first hit a few two-wheelers parked near him and knocked him and his vehicle down.
A CCTV visual that has now emerged shows the man’s miraculous escape even as the bus almost ran him over. The man’s bike is first hit by the bus and is dragged forward. The bus continues to move a short distance, dragging the man with it. His left leg is caught between the front wheel and the chassis of the bus. The man then uses his hands to crawl along with the moving bus until it finally came to a halt.
While people who witnessed this freak accident looked on with shock, they also saw something that further stunned them: the man managed to get out from under the bus when it halted and then limped to a shop nearby. He miraculously survived the accident, with injuries to his knee.
The incident took place on Monday morning near Puthuppady Engapuzha bus stand in Kozhikode. As per the CCTV footage, the private bus, which was coming from Kodenchery route, can be seen approaching towards the line of bikes parked near the bus stand as a Kerala State Road Transport (SRTC) bus travels past it. The private bus then knocks down a few bikes, including the man’s bike.
Speaking to TNM, an official at the Thamarassery police station in Kozhikode said that the brakes of the private bus failed and as a result, the driver lost control of the vehicle. “We have taken the bus in custody,” he said.
Apart from the man who made a miraculous escape, three others have been injured, including the driver and conductor of the bus.
Two days after the incident, the police are yet to take the statement of the man. They are even yet to identify the name and address of the man, who is currently undergoing treatment at a government hospital.
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Kerala recently saw another incident of miraculous escape involving a 13-month-old child. The toddler fell from the jeep while her parents were asleep. The incident took place near Rajamala check post when the vehicle was passing through a reserve forest. The child crawled to a ticket counter of the Forest department several meters away.