Puttur: Quick reflex and presence of mind on the part of a KSRTC bus driver averted a major disaster near the Hostota school on Friday.
The bus was plying from Mangaluru towards Shishila. One of the wheels came off at Hostota and the bus moved over quite a distance with the support of only the brake drum from that side..
The driver brought the bus under control and managed to stop it just before falling into a gorge, about 100 feet deep. There was every chance of it falling it on a house located below.
About 20 passengers had a lucky escape. None of them was injured, although they had a momentary shock.