A Bus Disaster: Oct. 22rd
Jude’s sister being married on Oct 25th in ChitraDurga appears to be delayed due to terrible bus accident where 35 people were killed and drowned by bus plunging off the road into a lake. Passengers were pushing bus out of the ditch, and driver "lost control" and killed passengers inside and outside the bus, as well as bystanders.
From South China Sunday Morning Post, Sunday Oct. 20, 1996

Police to put brakes on ‘Bloodline’ Buses by India Correspondent John Zubrzycki

"The Indian capital’s killer buses have been given strict orders right from top - do not overtake.

The notorious private buses are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of commuters in accidents each year and the authorities believe their new directive will put the brakes on the rising road toll.

The new traffic regulations that came into effect on Tuesday, also empower Delhi police officers to suspend the permits of buses involved in accidents.

Although the city has the best roads in the country, it also leads in the number of fatalities.

Nearly 2,000 people died in 6,000 serious accidents on New Delhi’s roads last year.

New Delhi has nearly as many vehicles as Bombay, Calcutta and Madras combined.

A host of new models is set to hit the roads in the next six months and will swell the vehicle population to more than 2.5 million by the year 2000.

By far the worst culprits, accounting for nearly one in five fatalities, are the city’s Red Line buses.

Hardly a day passes without one of the 4,000 privately operated vehicles being involved in a fatal accident.

Terrorized commuters regularly take revenge by burning buses and lynching drivers, but in the absence of any better mass transport system, hapless passengers have little or no choice but to board another "Bloodline".

Alarmed by the rising apprehension of travelers, the Delhi Government last year ordered the blood-red buses to be repainted an Oxford blue, believing that the more sober color schemes would calm the nerves of commuters.

Previous attempts to tame private buses, such as random speed and license checks, have had little effect.

A "quick impact" action plan, involving an increase in police numbers, a rise in fines for traffic offenses, most of which were fixed a quarter of a century ago, and an education campaign for road users, is still on the drawing board.

The new regulations on overtaking are meant to ease jamming at bus stops and prevent often-fatal injuries to passengers hanging from bus doors.

Three days after the regulations took effect, however, the scene on Delhi’s streets was the same sorry chaos it had always been."

A local neighborhood here in Bangalore has an incredibly deadly intersection. Collisions resulting in death occur once a week. Only after much protest has the government decided to do something. They couldn’t put up signs to stop. That’s totally useless. Increasing police and fines would be equally useless. What to do...? After much thought the government put a Ganesh temple at the corner. Now people slow down, and ask for blessings from the temple. The Brahmins make some money, the locals make some money. Everyone’s happy.